Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni
1542-a flood ("The Unmanned" series)
– In which an intelligence going back to its place of origin discovers the agony of gods on which it thrives –
Seventh and last episode of The Unmanned, “a flood” is set in 1542 as the first conquistadors enter the land later to be known as the Silicon Valley. Mining the colonial past of the region, and entirely generated and edited with an autonomous artificial intelligence system, this film for and by machines only features the return
of an intelligence to its place of origin and the death of the animal gods who used to live in it. Closing the series onto itself with a machine trained solely on its first episode (“2045 – The Death of Ray Kurzweil”), it shows the wandering of an inhuman vision trying to revive meaning by recognizing itself on the god’s corpses.
The Unmanned, is composed of several 26min episodes, it is a fictional documentary about the history of humanity faced with technology acceleration. Each episode dramatizes a “singular” encounter between man and machine. Each episode is filmed with a different camera (a preprogrammed machine or a drone). The title The Unmanned – in French, ‘an uninhabited machine’ highlights perfectly the subject and the method used by the artists.
In coproduction with Casino Luxembourg and KADIST and with the support of Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, CNC – DICRéAM – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Institut Français – Consulat Général de France à San Francisco.