Keywords: Net Art, Generative, Films, Subtitles, GIFs, Speech Synthesis, APIs
GIFCinema website screenshots
GIFCinema is a net-art website generating audio-visual experiences that are constructed in real-time and are unique to each viewer and view. Initiated by the viewer’s search for a film title (the ‘seed’), three generative systems and several different APIs – animated visuals, real-time speech synthesis and search algorithms that prove to be fairly unexpected – are combined to create a new type of generative experience. The GIFCinema web app works as follows: upon the viewer’s search for a film title, the search algorithm instantly finds its subtitles on the net. Playback then begins in the original timing and rhythm, but instead of displaying the original movie visuals, it reconstructs the movie based on animated GIFs and a machine-voice rendering of the dialogue text. The result is a new type of film, crowd-sourced from the visual wisdom of the web, constructing a visual zeitgeist of web pop-culture in real time.