The film Default Character (2016) focuses on the vocabulary, tools and human representation in the various types of softwares that are used for modelling and tracking crowd behaviours. It includes images from online tutorials of crowd simulation programs, human crowd tracking devices and newly shot scenes of gestures and postures performed by dancer Pelle Andersson. The featured examples given by the crowd simulation tutorials are perfectly coordinated swarms, mass body crushes, camp sites and religious gatherings such as the Hajj in Mecka.
Anna Ådahl is a visual artist and researcher working in various mediums investigating the aesthetics and politics of contemporary digital crowds. Her artworks have been exhibited and presented both internationally and in the UK ( at venues such as: Moderna Muséet, Stockholm; Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Japan; CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Whitechapel Gallery, London) and is at the core of her practice-led research at the Royal College of Art. She is also a member of the editorial team of OEI magazine since 2012.