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Rise of the Empathy Machines: Do Androids Dream on Silver Screens?

24 March

Can artificial intelligences make cinema? If they do, is it really cinema? And what would it look like? ALT/KINO presents a programme of experimental films made with algorithms, machine learning, and A.I. that explore these questions and much more. The role of machine learning is becoming increasingly prevalent in the modern world, governing everything from how you open your smartphone, to which films you are recommended on streaming platforms.

As systems get more intelligent, questions are being raised about whether they are capable of imagination. Ranging from the algorithmic compression of images to reveal their inner truth to a new film generated in response to the complete works of Jean-Luc Godard, the films in this programme investigate and illustrate the potential of machine creativity. Featuring work by Google’s Image Recognition A.I. and Jan Bot, the A.I. at the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

All films captioned for d/Deaf viewers.

This programme is presented in partnership with London Short Film Festival.


From bloody factories, a scent of sulphur and metal emanates, while the architecture of buildings under construction further evoke the matrix nature of the digital image.

Looking 4 U

A kinetic music video made with pose detection machine learning models to search over 2 million images from retro dance television shows.


A chain of 10,000 images found by an Artificial Intelligence, depicting humanity as seen through the eyes of an awakening consciousness.

Zizi & Me – Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)

A deep-fake drag double act! Using Artificial Intelligence and real life drag to present a unique act about queerness, cabaret and technology.

All Her Beautiful Green Remains in Tears

Re-edited footage of Walt Disney's Nature's Half Acre (1951) tells a story of female desire, trauma, masochism, and emotional fantasy.

Six Films by Jan Bot

Will the video essay maker one day be replaced by a robot or piece of software?


Written entirely by an artificial intelligence bot using neural networks, and hundreds of science fiction screenplays.

This Desolate Shore

An A.I. made a film by watching the work of Jean-Luc Godard.

  • Recommended age 18+
  • Duration 1h30m
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