Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

Johannes Grenzfurthner

Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His horror film MASKING THRESHOLD won awards from the Nightmares Film Festival 2021 in the U.S. and the A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2021 in Australia, among others. Boing Boing magazine referred to him as a leitnerd, a wordplay with the German term Leitkultur that ironically hints at his role in nerd-, hacker- and art culture.

Talks at B3

B3 HessenLab Pitch

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AI-Generated Influencers and Avatars, and Their Impact on Film, Moving Images, Storytelling, and Society

AI technologies are not only being used increasingly in the field of influencer marketing to automatically generate influential personas and content so that content, stories, and human-like avatars can be created quickly and cost-effectively, regardless of working hour regulations. AI avatars that can deceptively mimic human appearance, personality, and behaviors are also emerging in the metaverse and other artistic immersive mixed realities. Read more…

AI and the Future of Film and Media. Are We on Our Way Into a New Media Age? Part 2

After short keynotes, the panelists examine the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence and its profound impacts on the film and media industry. On the one hand, the use of AI in creation, production, and marketing offers the promise of enormous savings in time, cost, and effectiveness. This is also the case when AI-powered tools and technologies enable individuals and smaller production companies to create high-quality content without having to rely on expensive professional equipment or large teams. Read more…

Established and Innovative Financing Models for Film and Moving Image projects: Searching for New Ways - A Discussion on the Future Development of the Industry

Crowdfunding and streaming services have considerably expanded the spectrum of financing options for film projects, although traditional sources of funding such as public grants, studios and investors continue to play a significant role. How does this expansion of financing options affect film productions? Read more…

AI, Euphoria and Fear. To What Extent is The Use of AI in Film and Moving Image Acceptable? An overview of the most important current discussion topics. Part 1

For some time now, numerous voices have been raised in public, including those of experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), who are calling for a temporary halt to the development of the most advanced AI systems or for a comprehensive worldwide AI regulation on the part of official authorities. Read more…

Film and Media in a Legal Maze: Chances and Challenges of the Future

The rapid development of technology and the advance of digitalization have propelled the film and media industry into a new era and thus brought a wide range of new legal challenges onto the scene. Which are the key legal aspects that need to be taken into account in the film and media industry? What new rules and regulations can be expected as a result of the triumph of AI in copyright and licensing law or data protection? What opportunities and risks arise from these new legal and technological realities? Read more…

Creative Storytelling at a Turning Point. Is AI a Tool or Antagonist of Storytelling?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to fundamentally change the way stories are told and produced in moving images. One of the main arguments for using AI technologies in moving image production is the time and money it saves. By automatically generating ideas up to entire videos and artworks, creating storyboards or transcribing, dubbing and translating videos, workflows can be optimized and resources can be used more efficiently. AI is also already finding its way into script analysis. Read more…

Art, Morality and Film: Towards an Ethics of Film, Art, and Media. Can and Should Everything be Shown, and at Any Cost?

Ethics of film and the moving image: Can and should everything be shown?Since the beginnings of cinema, movies have possessed a special ability to reflect, manipulate, and reinvent reality. The moving images projected onto the screen are more than just entertainment. They are powerful tools that can be used to generate empathy, highlight social injustices, or convey a political message. But along with this power comes great responsibility. The question of what can be shown and what should be shown will always be of key importance to the entire film and moving image industry. Read more…

Telling Stories in Immersive Worlds - A Redesigning of Storytelling

The world of Storytelling has changed tremendously in the past years since the implementation of XR-technologies, which include Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed reality (MR). With their ability to directly include the user into the narrative and create a connection between the real and virtual world, these technologies present a major turning point in the history of storytelling. Read more…

Digital Desires: The Intersection of Sex Tech, AI, Society, and Gender Perspectives

Screening of "Musings Of A Mechatronic Mistress - The Peculiar Case Purpose Of Tiffany The Sex Robot" followed by a Panel Discussion. Read more…

Fantasy, Horror and Suspense Movies in the Context of Today's World and the Role of Female Directors

The fantasy, horror, and suspense genre in film and other moving image media have consistently served as a reflection of society, responding to current events, fears, and cultural dynamics. In today's era, where our society confronts complex issues such as digitalization, climate change, and social tensions, genre films or, for instance, games offer a means to metaphorically process these anxieties. Read more…

High Culture in Portrait Mode: What Platforms Like Tiktok and Instagram Can Teach us for the Storytelling of the Future.

The enormous success of short video platforms and formats like TikTok or Insta-Reels has permanently changed the viewing habits of the younger generation. The type of content that is being consumed has a direct impact on storytelling. Read more…