Pieced

  • Mourad Bncr, Sean Caruso
  • Canada
  • 2020
  • 5 min
  • Immersive
  • International Premiere
  • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA Doclab Spotlight

To create this hypnotic experimental dome film, an AI model was trained using thousands of photos of buildings in Montreal, taken with a fisheye lens. The pictures were processed with a self-learning algorithm that gradually recognizes patterns in data, and develops its own rules for how to represent those patterns, taking into account the geometric and perspective requirements of a 360-degree dome projection.

Once trained, the model can generate an endless stream of comparable cityscapes, based on the data it has been provided, but which don’t actually exist: a deconstruction and a reconstruction—but then with variations—of a highly recognizable urban environment, which loses its everydayness through processing.

Propelled by the electronic sounds of Mourad Bncr’s music project [indistinct voices over PA], the images morph one into another. With their unreal colors they form an unstable, imaginary reality, like the fever dream of an alternative intelligence.

Credits

  • 5 min
  • Spoken languages: English
Director
Mourad Bncr, Sean Caruso
Production
Mourad Bncr, Sean Caruso
Animation
Sean Caruso
Editing
Mourad Bncr
Sound Design
Mourad Bncr

IDFA history

2021
International Premiere
DocLab: Liminal Reality
IDFA Doclab Spotlight

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