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The Vivid Unknown
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The Vivid Unknown

John Fitzgerald
United States
2023
10 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

What happens when you feed an AI system the groundbreaking 1982 documentary Koyaanisqatsi? Godfrey Reggio’s film, and the mesmerizing accompanying musical score by Philip Glass, hypnotically explored the ever-increasing tension between nature, humans and technology. The Vivid Unknown, co-directed by Reggio and John Fitzgerald, makes a logical and exciting sequel to his Qatsi trilogy.

Koyaanisqatsi, released just prior to the birth of the internet, explores the tension between humans—the creators of technology—and nature. With the arrival of AI, the vivid unknown, an era has begun in which technology also shapes the world. Reams have now been written about how AI is set to change our lives, but little is known for certain. This reflection in image and sound may perhaps offer a glimpse of the future.

The installation responds to visitors and generates new images and music in the style of the original Koyaanisqatsi. The number of visitors and the nature of their movements influence its output.

Supported by Onassis ONX Studios.

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Credits
10 min
color / black and white
cross-platform
Spoken languages: English
Director
    John Fitzgerald
    John Fitzgerald
Co-director
    Godfrey Reggio
    Godfrey Reggio
Production
    John Fitzgerald
    John Fitzgerald
Co-production
    Foundry,
    Sensorium,
    ONX for Onassis Foundation,
    Dan Moore,
    Jazia Hammoudi,
    Pierre Zandrowicz,
    Matt Tierney,
    Graham Milliken,
    Laura Ulanova
    Foundry,
    Sensorium,
    ONX for Onassis Foundation,
    Dan Moore,
    Jazia Hammoudi,
    Pierre Zandrowicz,
    Matt Tierney,
    Graham Milliken,
    Laura Ulanova
Key collaborator
    Dan Moore,
    Foundry
    Dan Moore,
    Foundry
Technical artist
    Dan Moore
    Dan Moore
Sound
    Matt Tierney
    Matt Tierney
Screening copy
    John Fitzgerald
    John Fitzgerald

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