I’ve Always Been Jealous of Other People’s Families is a machine learning interactive installation about family dynamics and mental disorders.


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IDFA DocLab 2018, Amsterdam.
Production of Atlas V, Raycaster & National Film Board of Canada.


Four people gather around a dinner table, acting as family. The table is set with sound, projection, and text, eliciting something familiar yet disturbing. Each “family” is processed through the logic of GAN via different machine learning networks which are trained on a dataset of “Perfect Family Dinners,” and sees participants through that lens. The output projected is a distortion, revealing an attempt to fill in the gaps between fantasy and reality. Looking into these outputs we found hidden pockets of error and loss. 

This interactive installation embodies Machine learning processes, offering insight into the inner world of GAN (generative adversarial network).

More on the research: Family2Family/ published at Immerse. When Machines look for order in Chaos/ published at Immerse. 5 reasons why I believe AI can have mental illness/ published at becoming human.

Featured: IDFA DocLab2018, ARTS AT MIT, _DocuBase

Technical director:  Cristobal Valenzuela
Animation and developer: Laura Juo-Hsin Chen 陳若昕 Speech and sound design: Avner Peled
Executive producers: Arnaud Colinart & Hugues Sweeney.
Producers: Emma Dessau & Louis- Richard Tremblay.
Suppoerted by IDFA DocLab & MIT Open Documentary Lab.



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