Artist Projects

whiteonwhite: algorithmicnoir

Eve Sussman

whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is a film that follows the observations and surveillance of a geophysicist code writer stuck in a futuristic city. The experimental fiction runs endlessly on custom-built software that edits the film in real time, with no beginning, middle or end, never repeating the same way twice. Inspired by the Russian Suprematist’s quests for transcendence, pure space and artistic higher ground, whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was created on an “expedition to unravel utopian promise” with a small crew, one American actor and local actors hired en route. The protagonist of the story, Mr. Holz, is obliged to take a job in a fictional dystopian metropolis called City-A (a nod to Godard’s Alphaville). As the film plays, with video clips and voiceovers paired at random by what the filmmakers call “the serendipity of the machine,” it becomes evident that Mr. Holz is controlled by the city and the code he is working on, just as the course of the story is controlled by the code that edits the film. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir looks and feels like a movie, but it is not.

Project Updates

  • 2013: Sussman presents whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir with a Q&A at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY

  • 2012: whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is featured in installation at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

  • 2012: Sussman screens whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir at Sundance, Berlinale and other major film festivals

  • 2011: whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir premieres at Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York and at the Toronto International Film Festival

  • 2011: Sussman has solo exhibition whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir at Haunch of Venison in London, England

  • 2011: Sussman exhibits elements of whiteonwhite at the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria

  • whiteonwhite:algorithmicthriller screens at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

  • 2010: whiteonwhite:randomthriller [betaversion], screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York in Creative Capital film festival

  • 2010: An iteration of whiteonwhite, entitled a random thriller, is screened at Momenta in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2009: Sussman releases A Country Road. A Tree. Evening, the first installment of whiteonwhite, through Compound Editions