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Algorithms in Film, Television and Sound Cultures: New Ways of Knowing and Storytelling

Algorithms in Film, Television and Sound Cultures: New Ways of Knowing and Storytelling

Date: April 29 - 30, 2021 / Thursday - Friday
Time: 11.00 - 18.30 / 11.15 - 18.45 (GMT +3)
Contemporary visual and sound cultures which increasingly rely on algorithmic analytics raise important questions on subjectivity and creativity in our ways of seeing and hearing, the ethics of the visual and the aural, the quantified self, the aesthetics and the provenance of the image. The use of algorithmic analytics to create media content, including films, series, trailers and teasers have proliferated with the advent of networking and digital streaming platforms. Digital data sets have become commodities in the global media industry. The knowledge obtained from digital data sustains the flow of knowledge on the users’ choices, governing production and consumption processes. Although algorithmic data appears to be computationally generated, it is bound with actors, networks, businesses and their ways of thinking and imagining the world. A line of research focuses on how the algorithmic calculation of taste data in film, sound and television have transformed and possibly subverted the mediums. Hence, algorithms are objects of critical cultural and political analyses. “Algorithms in Film, Television and Sound Cultures” conference  examines new ways of knowing and storytelling in film, sound and television that are in connection with algorithms in digital visual spaces.
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(GMT +3)

Thursday, 29 April

11:00 - 11:15

WELCOME: Ebru Çiğdem Thwaites Diken, Istanbul Bilgi University

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE:Christian Katzenbach, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, University of Bremen

“Not just Technology: The Turn to Algorithms and AI in Governing Social Communication”

12:10 – 13:10


Moderator: Blake Hallinan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Giulia Taurino, “Anthological Indexing and Algorithmic Culture: A Framework for Understanding Classification Systems on Streaming Platforms”
  • Hantian Zhang, ‘’The Shape of Witchcraft. Analytics of Recommendation Algorithms and the Platformization of Culture’’
  • Can Türe & Ebru Thwaites Diken, “Algorithms, Culture and Streaming Services: Cross-cultural Analysis of Youtube Content”

13:15 – 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 – 14:45


Moderator: Ayşegül Kesirli Unur, Istanbul Bilgi University

  • Tanya Kant & Katherine Farrimond, “Algorithmic Power and the Female Body: Contemporary Representations of the Data-Driven Algorithm in Film And TV”
  • Erkan Saka, “Racial and Gender Biases in Predictive Algorithms”
  • Ann Werner, “Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Nation and Genre on Spotify’s Top Playlists”

15:00 – 15: 45

KEYNOTE: Robert Prey, University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts

"The Production of Algorithmic Scenes"

16:00 – 17:15


Moderator: Nazan Haydari Pakkan, Istanbul Bilgi University

  • Ivo Furman & Onur Sesigür, “Never Gonna Give You Up? Imagining Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist as a Trap”
  • Tiziano Bonini, “The Algo-torial Power of Music Streaming Platforms”
  • Anja Nylund Hagen, “Datafication and the Digital Divide in the Music Industry”
  • Lori Beckstead, “Podcast Discoverability: Re-classifying Podcasts Using New Potential Meta-data”

17:30 – 18: 30


Moderator: Ivo Furman, Istanbul Bilgi University

  • Özgün Eylül İşcen, “Reclaiming Algorithmic Media: Forensic Architecture and Machine-Enabled Public Truth”
  • Ömer Ersin Kahraman, “Algorithms and the (New) Culture Industry”
  • Rebecca Uliasz, “The Fake Image: Fake-Outs, AI, and the Aesthetics of Post-truth Politics”



(GMT +3)

Friday, 30 April

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: Diğdem Sezen, Teesside University, School of Computing

“Me, Myself and Mechanical Eye: Co-creating Visual Culture with Machines”

12:15 – 13:15

ROUNDTABLE: Algorithmic Public Service Television? Examining Publishing Strategies in VOD Services

  • JP Kelly
  • Julie Münter Lassen
  • Jannick Kirk Sørensen

13:15 – 14.00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15


Moderator: Szilvia Ruszev, University of Southern California

  • Katia A. Morales Gaitán, “The Shape of Cinephile at The Criterion Channel: When Algorithms Meet Curators”
  • Frederic Rauturier & Tania Lewis, “Computer Says…Yes? Algorithms and the Media Greenlighting Process.”
  • Robert Lisek, “Meta-story Composer”
  • Serkan Şavk & Batuhan Keskin, “Creating Intertextual and Inter Data Connections Among Different Pieces of a Director’s Work”

15:30 – 16:45


Moderator: Ebru Çiğdem Thwaites Diken, Istanbul Bilgi University

  • Szilvia Ruszev, ‘The Blithesome Other’
  • Andrew McIntrye, ‘Dark Feeds: Mediating the Unknown in Digital Platforms’
  • Robert Bobnic, ‘Mathematical Consumption of Taste’
  • Alexandra Anikina, ‘Procedural Montage: Algorithmic Cinemas, Affective Scrolling’


Closing Remarks: Organizing Committee