Fanfiction Wishing Well
This project observes developments in AI-videomaking through the lens of fan fiction culture. It manifested in:
- two interactive video installations
- a workshop format.
Installation @ Transitions Festival
For the experimental film festival Transitions, we invited the audience was invited to come up with a fan fiction of a film shown at the festival. Via a sticker with a QR code distributed throughout the festival, visitors were directed to a website where the narrative could be recorded via voice message. The next day, a video interpretation of the previous day’s stories was shown in the Meldkamer. Using custom AI models trained on the festival film's imagery, we questioned who shapes AI imagery and what aesthetics are reproduced.
A collaboration with Miles Worner, comissioned by Video Power and presented at Meldkamer Maastricht during the Transitions Festival.
Installation @ Dutch Innovation Days
We invited four panelists of the Dutch Innovation conference to share a future scenario taking place in an enchanted forest. We wove their stories to a bigger narrative turned to moving image using ai tools, displayed in the installation. Visitors were invited to add their vision of the future to the story told by the panelists via a website. To guide the visitors in their storytelling, we made soft story stepping stones with keywords inspired by story telling theories: Character, Universe, Desires, Challenges, Future, Fan Fiction.
A collaboration with Miles Worner, commissioned by the Dutch Innovation Days 2023, shown at "It's in our Nature" Expo, Enschede.
Workshop @ Jan van Eyck
In the two-day workshop "Weaving the Global Unconscious" you will learn and apply AI videomaking techniques to collectively create a short-film inspired by the practice of fanfictions. AI technology makes it increasingly easy to construct moving-image narratives that build upon pre-existing visual lore, allowing for endless remixing of established content, including deep-faking universe crossovers or self-inserts. How does universe-fluidity alter the meaning of stories and characters?
You will learn to navigate Stable Diffusion and basic prompt writing, make use of custom LoRA models, controlnet, and deforum. We will also look into AI software such as D-id, RunwayML, and stability.ai. However, the techniques employed might also vary according to technological innovations occurring until the date of the workshop. At the end of the workshop, we will watch our film together and discuss the impacts of AI videos on society and the film industry.
Commissioned by Video Power and hosted at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht