Jan Bot

Bringing EYE Filmmuseum's Film Heritage to the algorithmic Age

Storyline

An unusual Ai powered computer program works day and night, making experimental films inspired by daily news and early twentieth-century footage. Its name is Jan Bot, Eye Filmmuseum’s first robot employee.

How can you breathe new life into an old film collection? Film archives devote endless amounts of time and energy to the preservation of old films. But this work has little significance if these treasures remain hidden from the audience. Seeking a plausible solution to this problem, EYE Filmmuseum collaborated with filmmakers Bram Loogman and Pablo Núñez Palma to envision the future of film preservation. The result: Jan Bot.

Jan Bot is a computer program designed to generate short experimental films based on two ingredients: Eye’s archival film footage and today’s trending topics.

On its website, www.jan.bot, Jan Bot streams an average of ten 30 seconds films per day, which amounts to a total of more than twenty thousand pieces to date. Each day Jan Bot chooses one of these videos to post on social media.

To produce this massive amount of original work, Jan Bot uses artificial intelligence services found by its creators on the web. “Many big companies, like Google and IBM, are offering tools for image recognition and language analysis, some of them even for free. So we took a bunch of them and glued them together to make films”, says Loogman, one of the minds behind Jan Bot.

The results are unexpectedly unique. If at first glance Jan Bot’s films seem to combine images and text randomly, on a second reading, however, its choices for footage and intertitles reveal a systematic if unusual sense-making logic.

Jan Bot is a native artistic research project on algorithmic filmmaking. Reflections around this research have been published by the authors on Jan Bot’s digital publication: The Metalog.

Exhibitions

  • Eye Filmmuseum
  • Nederlands Film Festival
  • InScience Film Festival Nijmegen
  • Impakt Arts Festival
  • Video Vortex Malta Edition

Media

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I believe that storytelling is the most powerful tool to spread ideas, gather communities and spark action. That’s why I created Third Eye Media: to tell stories that inspire positive change.

After more than 10 years in the creative industries, I have often witnessed the process of an idea becoming a story and the enormous impact that such transformation brings along.

I have spent my life crafting audiovisual stories. I have worked as a film director, photographer, scriptwriter, story consultant, copywriter and communication strategist for independent films, organizations and entrepreneurs. With Third Eye Media, I wish to put all my knowledge and experience at the service of growing our collective awareness, improve our consumption culture and create a better world.

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