Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni, The Unmanned, Part Two – Roslyn Helper
The Unmanned, Part Two
Is it possible to tell the story of human cultural evolution in a way that is separate to the interests of the teller? What happens if we look at ourselves through the lens of history as artefacts, or products of technological evolution, rather than as human? These are the central questions posed by French collaborative duo Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni in their epic, four-year project ‘The Unmanned’.
The project is divided into three parts, called ‘seasons’, only the first of which has been completed so far. Exhibited at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) from February this year, this first season comprised eight haunting films depicting key historical (and speculative future) moments, each powerfully demonstrating the radical impacts computation has had on our social and political evolution.
Presented in reverse chronological order, the first film speculates the ‘death’ of American computer scientist Ray Kurzweil in the year 2045, which is the year he has famously predicted that the Singularity will be born. Shot entirely with drones in a lush rainforest, the film overflows with anticipation as we stand on the threshold of an emerging technological world. Contrastingly, the sixth film in the series is set centuries earlier in 1348, and centres around the escape and