Event - English and Film Studies

November 7, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMHC 3-95 Salter Reading Room

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Sunspring (2016) is the first film written entirely by an artificial intelligence program. Filmmaker Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin created this nine-minute short for the Sci-Fi London 48-hour film challenge. One might reasonably expect that an AI would generate an extremely generic and repetitive script full of sci-fi clichés. Instead, the film is almost entirely incoherent, surreal and surprising. Like many experimental films, Sunspring is fascinating not in spite of, but rather because of its incoherence. While the vast majority of scholars and journalists simply dismiss incoherence as a sign of incompetence that must be stamped out, I am interested in how incoherence functions within “Sunspring” for what it suggests about the relationship between the current state of reading methodologies in the humanities and how they shape the algorithmic technologies and culture that surround us.