Automating the supercut as a form of critical technical practice

FER detection in Ladybird (2017)


In this article, I outline a type of computational practice that aims to couple the relational-analytic powers of machine learning with the explanatory-creative powers of visual narrative. I provisionally call this approach ‘creanalytics’. To enact this coupling, I designed a system to annotate and classify a large corpus of film clips, automatically extract fragments from this corpus, and edit them into new compositions, rendered into a computational supercut, which I go on to argue can be understood as the minimal expression of a broader emergent form of media: the computational video essay.

Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies