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Sunday Sessions: White On White

Dir: Viera Čákanyová
Slovakia / Czech Republic / 2020 / 74mins

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White on White is the video diary that director Viera Čákanyová’s kept during the months she spent living at the Antarctic station where she shot her film FREM (2019), whose main character is an artificial neural network. 

During this period of isolation, Čákanyová talks with an AI chat bot, leading conversations that touch on the nature of film, art, and the meaning of life - and revealing a way of thinking that’s free from humanity and from an emotionality that forces deep introspection. 

Footage from her everyday life at the station contrasts with lyrical images of the immaculate Antarctic nature. To this, Čákanyová’s adds her own commentary, her thoughts provoked and inspired by the loneliness of the ice-covered landscape.