|Eran Hadas,Gal Eshel,Maayan Sheleff
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We were curious how people might respond to a robotic documentary director, one that interviews them and films them with no bias based on his or her own identity and background. Frankie is basically a generator of a multi cultural archive of people responding to her attempt to learn how to be human. In a world of constant surveillance, we wanted to think for a change of the utopic potentials of automatic documentation. Watching the various interviewees is kind of like looking at humanity from the outside, as a single beautifully flawed entity, instead of thinking of the differences among us.
Maayan Sheleff, Author and Producer
Frankie is a documentary robot that interviews people about their emotions, attempting to ‘learn’ what it means to be human. It responds to emotions both with language and eye movements, creating computer-generated, emotion inspired videos.
Frankie is made up of two cameras that serve as eyes, a cellphone that serves as a nose, and a television screen that serves as a mouth. Frankie speaks in English, with her camera “eyes” simulating facial expression and her television screen “mouth” simulating mouth movement. With well-exposed cameras, Frankie examines issues such as agency, control, and privacy, questioning how these things affect us in a world in which nearly every moment is documented and mediated.