Director: Cody Healey-Connelly
Film: Monument is a short, animated film directed by Cody Healey-Conelly and written by Monica Wendel. The loosely narrative film follows the exploits of humanoid characters through a world situated in the uncanny valley, at once familiar but unsettlingly strange. All of the textures, 3D models, and locations used in the film were 3D scanned in NYC using a regular phone. The voice over is “read” by an artificially intelligent computer script going by the name of Matthew..
At a time when an overriding predictability is forced upon us all, the film celebrates the disruption of pattern recognition and the artistic corruption of results induced by artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning. With Hysteresis Seidel explores new grounds in his experimental practice and collaboration. Unveiling a frenetic, delicate and flamboyant visual language, that speaks to the hysteria and hysteresis in this historical moment. The artist wants to open a discourse about these unique modes of AI creation – with implications beyond the film and other media, to that singularity, where history collapses into a single point in the present.
To the freedom of digital filmmaking beyond (commercial) hyperrealism!