Rhythm of the Halves is a visual narrative made in opposition to conventional story-telling and compositing. In an alternative editing process, the script is filtered through multiple interpretive effectors – including a Markov Chain generator – and emerges as a stochastic sequence. The result is a fever dream of dual consciousness.
The process to achieve a machine-generated and human-assisted film follows these steps:
1. Collect video footage of surrounding objects, events, locations.
2. Transcribe or encode video information into text description.
3. Organize the produced text into a consecutive string of events. This is the primary script.
4. Shuffle the primary script using a software or algorithm of your choice – such as a Markov chain generator. This is a secondary script. Repeat until a desired result is produced.
5. Edit the favored secondary script for grammar and continuity to taste.
6. Finally, decode the text into a visual narrative using the previously collected footage.
Featured in Machinic Unconscious – UCLA Design | Media Arts Exhibition 2017.