25.—28.11.2021

FRANCINE WAS A MACHINE

LA 27.11. 16:00

FRANCINE WAS A MACHINE / MARTE AAS / RUOTSI / 2018 / 14:00

The starting point of the film is the unverified story about René Descartes’ mechanical daughter; a fable about a man of rationality and science creating a human looking machine in the place of his dead daughter Francine. During a travel through a storm at sea, the seamen discovered the doll in Descartes’ cabin. Horrified by the sight they threw it into the ocean.The film intertwines this story with images from a workshop producing sex dolls with artificial intelligence. Body parts and electronics, flesh colored silicon and casting molds are inhabiting this place. The film also shows images of cephalopods from the bottom of the sea, speculating on where Descarte ś doll ended her mechanical life and what became of her when she escaped the rational dualist world view of her creator.