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Experimental film re-edited by computers every time it's viewed

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'Whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir' is a movie that's re-edited and assembled live each time it is shown by a computer program the director dubbed the "serendipity machine."


If you're the sort of person who likes to watch a film multiple times, dissecting every scene and squeezing as much as you can out of each frame, the indie movie whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir may not be for you — the movie changes with each and every screening. Thanks to a custom-generated computer program that director Eve Sussman and her creative team Rufus Corporation call the "serendipity machine," the film is edited and assembled live every time it's shown. The serendipity machine has 3,000 clips at its disposal, as well as 80 voice-overs and 150 different pieces of music, all shot or collected by Sussman over the course of two years, and each piece has a tag that the computer uses to sort through and assemble the content into a narrative of sorts.

Whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir made its debut back in September of 2011 at the Toronto Film Festival, but it's opening tomorrow for a three-month run at Site Santa Fe as part of the Time Lapse exhibition series — for those not in the southwest, you can check out a five-minute trailer below. But just remember, what you see here definitely won't be what you see if you catch a screening of the film.