Working notes from the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism

Category Archives: Movies

Detecting the Manchurian Candidate

In the Manchurian Candidate, it is revealed that the Communists have been using the soldier Shaw as a sleeper agent, a guiltless assassin subconsciously activated by seeing the “Queen of Diamonds” playing card while playing solitaire. Provoked by the appearance of the card, he obeys orders which he then forgets. Isn’t an image just like […]

They Live, or an image OCR for ideology

“The plot of They Live is deceptively simple. Roddy Piper’s character, a semi-homeless day laborer named Nada (Spanish for “nothing”) discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to identify the extraterrestrials who have infiltrated the Earth’s populace.” (Read more about the story plot on salon.com) In a fashion very similar to computer vision procedures, […]

Professor O’Blivion

It stops the voices

153 00:22:56,202 –> 00:22:58,408 I can hear myself. 154 00:22:58,495 –> 00:23:01,069 – You hear your own voice? – Yes. 155 00:23:01,165 –> 00:23:03,834 – Good. – You called me a scanner. 156 00:23:05,502 –> 00:23:07,542 What is that?

Bindings II (nobody knows what a book is)

Out of focus

An actor begins to embody the distortions of his medium.

Interrogating the image

The spoken word interface emphasizes the active exploration and *interrogation* of the image. The noises and visual flash underscore how each step in the exploration results in the creation of a new image.