Jan Bot is the first filmmaking bot hired by EYE Filmmuseum to bring film heritage to the algorithmic age.
Jan Bot is programmed by filmmakers Bram Loogman and Pablo Núñez Palma to generate experimental videos based on two ingredients: EYE's found footage collection Bits & Pieces, and today's trending topics.
To generate a film, Jan Bot makes use of Computer Vision technology to annotate each shot of the collection with a set of tags. Then, it uses Natural Language Processing tools to select relevant footage for the trending news of the day. Finally it generates various intertitles from news snippets related to the topic, using its own custom algorithms.
The website of Jan Bot consists of the three sections:
> LIVE.LOG: A real-time event log providing insight into Jan Bot's workflow.
> CATA.LOG: The complete archive of all Jan Bot's work.
> META.LOG: Reflections about the life and work of Jan Bot.
Bram Loogman and Pablo Núñez Palma
Pablo Núñez Palma
Brigiet van de Berg
EYE Filmmuseum's Team
Irene Haan Elif Rongen Mark Paul Meyer Giovanna Fossati
Elif Rongen, Peter Delpeut, Brecht Declerq, Cilnt Enns, Christian Oelsen
Miriam van Ommeren, Michel Mercera, Remco Vlaanderen, Noël Loozen, Aaltje Kramer, Mieke Bernink, Benjamin de Wit, Geert Lovink