Whiteonwhite 2 smaBored of the same old movies and TV shows? Flicks programmed by computers are making a debut at prestigious venues like the Sundance film festival, while TV watchers and video artists are turning to unusual processes for making decisions. Can creative formulas make video less, well, formulaic?

Somewhere Kasimir Malevich, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage are sharing a beer.

An algorithmic movie debuts at Sundance:

It’s never the same movie twice.

Eve Sussman’s experimental cinema project whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir uses a computer to build a movie out of 3,000 video clips, 80 voiceovers and 150 pieces of music.

Though it makes choices in largely random fashion, the computer is surprisingly adept at editing together a pretty good movie. Sometimes….

The program that drives whiteonwhite operates on similar principles to Pandora. Each clip has a specific tag that triggers the selection of the next clip. The tag “white” might pull up 80 “white” clips, from which the computer chooses one. Music and voiceover are assembled in similar ways. The process of selection is logged on a separate monitor for the audience to watch.

Want a bit more control in your filmmaking, but not that much control? Try strapping a camera to the back of your head like Wafaa Bilal:

For the past ten months, Iraqi-born New York–based artist Wafaa Bilal has been documenting everything that happens behind him. A camera has been fastened to the back of his head that automatically takes a photograph every minute. The project, 3rd I, is an attempt to capture the mundane, to create an archive of the everyday we leave behind, and put it all online.

Then there’s Peel, for those convinced there’s something good on TV and willing to trust an iPhone to find it. (Good luck with that.)

(Via Bruce Sterling)

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