Camera systems have been programmed to predict human behavior and recognize the risk potential of individuals. Forget artificial intelligence, this is artificial judgment, and its for your own security.
Trivia: A year after production, the protagonist returned to the shooting location and was questioned by security. Why? Because he came across as suspicious on the surveillance cams.
What do relationships mean in the era of the born-digital? This short film explores the topic of friendships online from one young woman's perspective, the elation and alienation of online interactions, and questions the meaning of what it is "to know" and "to be friends" with people in this day and age of digital intimacy, as well as what internet personae are and how they differ from our physical personalities. Who is online? Who is stalking us? This film forces the viewer to question their assumptions about who is a creep, and what message they are sending out with their carefully curated online images to whomever may stumble upon them.
The original score provides a fitting backdrop to this visually and intellectually stimulating short, provoking questions for all of us about the meaning of leading our social lives online.
The film's medium is fitting, as the viewer watches the online interaction in seemingly real time as if they themselves were participating.
Field Mountains is a Madison, WI based band who graciously gave permission for this song to be used in this film.
This video was made for Bill Brown's Experimental Documentary Filmmaking class.
It screened at Entzaubert, Berlin's most prominent queer film festival, in July 2014; in Athens, Greece, in February 2015; at London's Fringe! Queer Film & Art Fest in November 2014, and at Videology in Brooklyn, NY in November 2015.
We are the Transparent Machines™ | fullscreen please |
Our society is obsessed with the conflicting concepts of transparency and privacy. We are “outraged” by the actions of the NSA, yet continue to willfully upload more and more of our personal information to Facebook and Google. This film explores the contradictory nature of our actions and beliefs regarding transparency.
Our system of law doesn't acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren't so tidy. They're layered, they’re interwoven, they're tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality... the system starts to fail.