What is it that software sees, hears and perceives when technologies for pattern recognition are applied to media historical sources?

All historical work requires interpretation, but what kind of algorithmic interpretations of modernity does software yield from historical archives. MODERN-36 is empirically committed to everyday experiences and sets out to study how machines interpret symbols of modernity in media from 1936.

By utilising photographic and audiovisual collections, MODERN-36 seeks to analyse how modern Sweden was, while also exploring how computational methods can help us understand modernity in new ways.

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