Neural Kubrick

Neural Kubrick, 'ne schöne Spielerei der Bartlett School of Architecture und eine Analyse von Storytelling-Mechaniken anhand von Neural Networks, die unterschiedliche technische Aspekte von Kubrick-Filmen nachbilden, von Kamerafahrten bis „Art-Direction“. Letzteres ist dabei noch das uninteressanteste: banale Bild-Generation aus Trainingsdaten, deren Technologie mittlerweile massiv bessere Ergebnisse als hier abliefert. Sehr nett sind allerdings die neuen Kameraeinstellungen aus Photogrammetry-Bildern und der automatisierte Film-Nachbau per Reverse Image Search.

Die Ergebnisse wirken zwar nach wie vor sehr random (und die AI-Technologie der Bartlett School scheint mir eher so halb-stateoftheart, allerdings nutzen sie ihre Spielerei und die Daten daraus vor allem dazu, eine ganze Reihe von Untersuchungen zu Storytelling anzustellen:

1. Order & Chance: Narratives of New Media
2. Machine as Scenographer
3. The Reciprocal Relation of Semiotic Architectural Space and Semiotic Filmic Space

Stanley Kubrick in 1968 speculated on the arrival of human-level Artificial Intelligence in “2001 A Space Odyssey”. Some 16 years past his prediction, our project “Neural Kubrick” examines the state of the art in Machine Learning, using the latest in “Deep Neural Network” techniques to reinterpret and redirect Kubrick’s own films. Three machine learning algorithms take respective roles in our AI film crew; Art Director, Film Editor and Director of Photography.

The outlook of the project is an artist-machine collaboration. The limitations of the machine are achieved by the artist and the limitations of the artist are achieved by the algorithm. In the context of the project, what the machine interprets is limited to either numbers, classification of features or generation of abstract images. This output is curated by us into a coherent narrative, translated back into human perception.

The project is based on Stanley Kubrick’s movies as input for three machine learning models, namely The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and 2001 A Space Odyssey. The generated videos display a machinic interpretation of the three movies, through a collaborative effort between the artist and the algorithm.

Neural Kubrick RNN 40s Video

Machine as Director of Photography