Ethnographic Study of Algorithms

Ethnographic Study of Algorithms(3D animation, found footage) draws on the form and routines of classic ethnographic film. The plot is framed by an interview between the author - the observer and Mitsuku chatbot - the observed.
Found footage depicts the views of white men and women, representatives of the colonial tradition, who undisturbed observe black natives from their shelters. This flow is interrupted by scenes modelled in 3D, where the author meets El Negro de Banyoles, a stuffed black native hunter who was exhibited in the Museo Darder until 1991.
The growing parallels between algorithms and natives bring the question of who is actually the observer and who is the observed. The classic ethnographic relationship We vs. They is turned upside down. They are the algorithms that collect, categorize and record. The film directs the viewer's view to the moment when the reassuring privilege of staring becomes the very opposite, when the viewer discovers that he himself is being observed, he is just a skin without body, surface without any identity.

  • Dalibor Knapp
  • Dalibor Knapp
  • Mitsuku Chatbot
  • Studio FAMU
  • El Negro de Banyoles
    Key Cast
  • Mitsuku Chatbot
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  • You
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 6, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
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  • Student Project:
  • Famufest 2017
    Czech Republic
  • PAF
    Czech Republic
Director Biography - Dalibor Knapp

Dalibor Knapp is researcher and artist who makes video essays, texts and installations. In his work he deals with social and cultural layers of so-called reality and constructions of various languages that talk about it. A common feature of these works is the ubiquitous question of human cognition.
Dalibor studied the Center for Audiovisual Studies at Film and Tv School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (MgA.) and the Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (PhDr.) In 2013, he attended the Lensbased class of Professor Hito Steyerl at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Since 2015 he has been a curator of educational platform for digital culture, art and technology Transmit. Dalibor Knapp is as well co-founder of research studio Množina.

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