short film, HD, color, stereo, 16mins, work in progress
The film depicts in a loose structure, contested concept of freedom that is tied to various cases and agents; killing and being killed, recognizing pain by machines, and the complex ecosystem of empathy that occurs in response.
(The number of cases is not sequential) Case 1 shows archival footage from a pest controller specializing in the control of wild rats with an airgun. Aside from the tense moment between the pest controller and rats over the viewfinder, a voice of lecture on self-defense law flows. Case 2 introduces an interlocutor, whose face is covered, sharing a personal story of a North Korean refugee woman, of her idea of freedom and being ‘inside and outside'. Case 3 describes an experiment from the Animal Welfare Laboratory. This particular experiment uses a deep learning (artificial intelligence) system to collect and analyze facial expression data of laboratory mice, before and after anesthesia surgery, suggesting a tool for recognizing mice’s suffering and pain.
Camera Yva Hyojoo Yang
Performance Zihern Lee
Voice(anonym) Seolmi Yoon
Voice(lecture) Marcus Cleaver
Editing Hana Yoo
Color grading Kyoung Yoon Choi
Music composition Zihern Lee
Sound Design Christian Obermaier
Translation IChung Park
Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul Metropolitan Government
Society for informatics(GI), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Air Rifle Pest Control, UK
Research inspired by
Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science
Andresen N, Wo ̈llhaf M, Hohlbaum K, Lewejohann L, Hellwich O, Tho ̈ne-Reineke C, et al. (2020) Towards a fully automated surveillance of well-being status in laboratory mice using deep learning: Starting with facial expression analysis. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0228059. © 2020 Andresen et al.
Mouse Lock Box, Science of intelligence
Mouse Grimace Scale (MGS): The Manual
Langford DJ, Bailey AL, Chanda ML et al. (2010). Coding of facial expressions of pain in the laboratory mouse. Nature Methods 7(6): 447-449.
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