The Inevitable (2008)
Video, duration 4:00
"The Inevitable" was created with custom software written by the artist: the program searches through a database of movie ﬁles, comparing each frame with every other frame, looking for pairs of frames that resemble each other the most. "The Inevitable" presents the run-up to these pairs of matching frames. The program compares only shapes within the image (not color or content), leading to some pairings that resonate in unexpected ways. In the end, the inevitable twinned conclusion, regardless of genre, age, or nationality, is not simply a delightful coincidence: instead it has the claustrophobic and humbling quality of less-pleasant inevitabilities, like death and taxes.
"The Inevitable" was made possible in part by The Media Arts Fellowships (a program of Tribeca Film Institute, founded and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation) and The Experimental Television Center's Finishing Funds program (supported by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts).
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