Deep Time Machine Learning

In summer 2017, artist and WimmelResearch-Fellow Jol Thomson was working on the film Deep Time Machine Learning at Platform 12, an experimental space designed by the artistic duo Wimmelforschung in collaboration with Bosch as part of Bosch’s Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering Campus in Renningen, a small town near Stuttgart. The WimmelResearch fellowship is a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Wimmelforschung based on the development of Platform 12.
Deep Time Machine Learning was developed collaboratively with the laboratories of robotics and surface analytics at the Bosch Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering Campus and received support from the Natural History Musuem, Stuttgart and the Phillip Matthäus-Hahn Museum, Kornwestheim. Jol Thomson’s experimental film elaborates a deep history of tool use from the Paleolithic era to the not-too-distant future of algorithmic, AI governance. The explorations of this work contribute to a contemporary media ecology, a history and philosophy of technology in machine vision, and underpins the symbiotic relationship between agential forms of geology, technology, and »intelligent beings.«

Platform 12 serves as a creative hub and offers an environment that allows its employees to work independently of the company’s organizational structure. As an essential feature, Platform 12 includes a permanent collaboration with Akademie Schloss Solitude, in whose framework artists of various disciplines engage with the company as indirect observers and outside instigators with their own artistic projects.


Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff
Stefanie Bäuerle
Hagen Betzwieser

Camera / Editor / Postproduction:
Hagen Betzwieser

Additional Footage and Artwork:
Michael Snow, »La Région Centrale«
Jol Thomson, »Deep Time Machine Learning«

Music / Sound:
Jol Thomson
»Data«, Podington Bear
»Mess With Me«, Anteros