films, combinatory cinema, vr projects




Toxi·City by Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg is a recombinatory climate change narrative film focused on six characters whose lives have been transformed by sea-level change and flooding in the industrialized region of the Delaware River Estuary. Fictional testimonies are set against actual accounts of deaths that occurred during Hurricane Sandy in this feature-length generative project.

Three Rails Live

Three Rails Live by Roderick Coover, Nick Montfort, and Scott Rettberg. Producing short films that weave together image, narrative, and perverbs, the system never produces the same story twice, but nevertheless produces a coherent tale of one man’s search for meaning among the detritus of his life and environment.

Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project

Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project by Roderick Coover, Arthur Nishimoto, Scott Rettberg, and Daria Tsoupikova is an interactive, immersive, cinematic VR project that draws users into the haunting true stories of ordinary American soldiers who became torturers in the course of serving their country during the Iraq War.

The Last Volcano

In The Last Volcano tells a story of a catastrophic volcanic eruption and its aftermath is narrated by a Norwegian woman. As the narrative cycles a second time, the woman’s husband attempts to interrupt, questioning the disturbing history and trying to place it in historical time. The story references events of the distant past, but its setting and telling raise anxieties related to contemporary cycles of memory and forgetting.

Rats and Cats

Rats and Cats:: Katter og rotter, an international Skype date between an American epidemiologist and a Norwegian goes terribly wrong as it veers toward histories of the black death. A cross-lingual story of miscommunication and translation between catastrophes of the past and the present.

Norwegian Tsunami

In Norwegian Tsunami a Scottish engineer and a Norwegian chef share a moment on deck of an oil rig in the North sea and consider what tidings the old gods bear in the movement of the waves.

On the set of Circe, Inishbofin, Ireland, March 2017.


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