Last year Holland Film Meeting collaborated with the Sandberg Institute and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision for the development scheme [email protected], a four-month masterclass programme for creators who want to explore (and go beyond) their limitations and develop new ways of storytelling. In 2019, under the thematic umbrella of “Artificial Imagination”, the creators – in interdisciplinary teams – have been asked to come up with alternative scenarios for the dystopias that seem to dominate our visions and visual culture of the future. Specific focus included thinking of implementations of deep fakes, robots and algorithms that respond to basic human decency. The programme was supported by Dutch broadcasters VPRO and NTR, as well as the Creative Industries Fund NL.
The Smartphone Orchestra opens up totally new ways to engage audiences, to even tell stories with instead of to them. After The Social Sorting Experiment, the DATA-driven LARPing project will be the next step in our research about how we can use the smartphones of the audience to become the main star(s) of the show. By combining Psychometric Profiling, Life-Action Role Playing and The Smartphone Orchestra into an innovative and interactive and transcendant group experience.
Is our free time still “free”, as the word implies? Everything in our society is focused on performance and efficiency. Even when it comes to leisure time, because that is a precious commodity. Leisure should therefore be fun and relaxed to the fullest; the leisure economy is eager to take advantage of this. In the essayistic documentary Don’t Worry, We’ll All Be Happy!, our ideas about leisure time are scrutinized. What does free time actually mean? How does it relate to work? And what could alternatives be? Is our free time still “free”, as the word implies? Everything in our society is focused on performance and efficiency. Even when it comes to leisure time, because that is a precious commodity. Leisure should therefore be fun and relaxed to the fullest; the leisure economy is eager to take advantage of this. In the essayistic Documentary Don’t Worry, We’ll All Be Happy!, our ideas about leisure time are scrutinized. What does free time actually mean? How does it relate to work? And what could alternatives be?
Half of the Dutch population uses one or more health apps. How responsible is that really? In 2016, for example, health
insurer Menzis introduced the “SamenGezond” application. Insured individuals who register for this application are monitored on the basis of lifestyle, physical and mental health. They are motivated to make healthy choices and to increase their “fitness score” by means of activities. They are also offered “appropriate” insurance. This project is in line with this trend. By means of the application IkbenGezond (I Am Healthy), which is offered by the health insurance company of the same name, participants have their health monitored for five days in order to determine their health premium. The question is, however, which definition of “healthy” is actually used here. And: what is your health really worth?
What if you stopped flying and used all the holiday snapshots you had created so far on Instagram to travel virtually? Welcome to Paradise uses other people’s photos to take you to your dream destination! Which place that will be, can be influenced by you. Your own photos, the countries you’ve visited before, air travel from the past and personal data determine which photo
you’ll take with you when leaving this brand-new Instagram museum. Welcome to Paradise offers the ideal way to discover an authentic hidden treasure. Mind your step…
WINWIN, a consensus algorithm addresses the current divisive and polarizing (online) discourses in our society by exposing moments of consensus in conversations on complicated subjects. Even though we have endless streams of information and databases of knowledge at our disposal, we have reached a point in time where we find it hard to agree on something to move forward. We designed WINWIN to assist a human discussion with an algorithmic process, to discover common ground in discussion. WINWIN is an participatory art performance driven by an algorithm. The goal is to invite an audience to discuss a difficult or sensitive statement about our current reality in a group, on a location (such as a festival) and discover underlying ideas where consensus can be reached. We want to offer alternative methods to decision making in a democratic context.