The Car That Turned
Hollington & Kyprianou
Based on interviews with researchers from the Sixth Sense Transport project on which Internet of Cars is based, Hollington and Kyprianou have used the ANPR data to produce a three act road movie through which the data and machine behaviours generated from it gradually supercedes human intervention.
The ‘classic’ American road movie was both an emblem of achieving and escaping from the American Dream. The car, the road and the hero are the holy trinity of American cinema.
But what would a convincing UK road movie look like? What architecture would it traverse today? How would the plot develop if it were constructed from the shapes and patterns of the ubiquitous data collected from ANPR technology? What would its journey tell us if the data were combined with how researchers approach and analyse the data?
The Car That Turned is in a sense a very British road movie – one whose structure is derived from the patterns that emerge from data collected by the UK’s ANPR system, and whose on-screen narrative merges co-ordinates with the inferences drawn by human analysis – a 21st century version of Mass Observation, collecting information to understand, to control and improve, and if that fails, to make do and mend.
Commissioned by SCAN for the exhibition 'Internet of Cars'
- further info at: internetofcars.org.uk/