Footprints, Passing Shadows, and Booms
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AI film, 2023
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an important weapon of war. The widespread use of kamikaze drones, which are based on huge amounts of facial data and equipped with object detection and recognition capabilities, has turned the Russo-Ukrainian war since 2022 into a shocking “AI drone war” that is reshaping the shape of human conflict. Ironically, the war has also presented technology companies with a valuable opportunity for experimentation; here, AI is not responsible for “talking intelligently”, but rather for making “lethal decisions” that do not involve human emotions.
This project is an AI-created film that captures a wide range of walking tour internet videos shot in Kiev and Moscow, battlefield images, and drone strike footage released by some of the manufacturers and suppliers of FPV drones used in the Russo-Ukrainian war. With the help of the Diffusion generative AI model, various LoRA models trained on suicide drone footage and battlefield images are applied to the walking tour videos, where the content of multiple images is disassembled, reassembled, and fused multiple times. In this way, the project attempts to extend a more comprehensive view of the current state of the world, connecting different levels of “reality” that exist in everyday space.
What is the difference between a private car on a city street and a military vehicle bombed by a drone? Is there anything in common between the lens of a smartphone or camera filming a walking tour and the lens of a drone? Who holds the truth, the quiet and peaceful walking tour video or the creepy drone footage? The film serves as a tool of revelation and prophecy, re-proposing the relationship between machine and man in a direct and ironic way.