Recoding Art
by Bruno Moreschi, Gabriel Pereira, Brasil 2019, 15'
EDITING: Laura Oliveira   PRODUCER: Fernando Pessoa
SOUND: David Menezes   LANGUAGE: vo: English; sub: Italian 

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film   Presented at Lo schermo dell’arte 2020 

The film results from a survey conducted by Brazilian artist Bruno Moreschi and digital media researcher Gabriel Pereira on the interaction between artificial intelligence systems and contemporary art. The footage leads the viewer into the collection of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. In the museum’s rooms, a mechanical voice named Lisa “reads”; or, more precisely, interprets a sculpture by André Cadere as a lamp based on algorithms; a bronze by Juan Muñoz as a medical image; an installation by Jannis Kounellis as cats. This interpretation is entrusted to seven different types of artificial intelligence, usually used for the recognition of commercial images. Among the findings, Moreschi and Pereira looked for glitches, errors and unexpected readings by the AI to understand if these could be a new way of interpreting art. In the last part of the film, the authors also discuss the role of the people who work on the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform, a service which, by exploiting precarious employment, helps produce answers that AI is yet unable to provide.

Bruno Moreschi (Brazil 1982) is a researcher and artist. His works are in the collections of the São Paulo Museum Contemporary Art, Colombia National Museum and the CA2M in Madrid. Gabriel Pereira is a researcher at the MIT Media Lab in Boston. Recodign Art, the first film they made together, premiered at the IDFA International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam in 2019.

Selected Filmography: 
Mute Grain, 2019; Tropical Siesta, 2017.

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