"Your feet are bound with white cloths, and your hands are bound behind your back. A mask covers your face, and you are placed on a stage, alone. The film begins with this quote. I chose it for two reasons. First of all, because it is the point of view of a puppet - a non-human being in front of an audience composed of humans. And then because it wasn't written by a human being, but by a machine. More specifically, it was written by a text generator based on an artificial neural network that, starting from a textual input, is able to produce a text of any length, on any topic." [Riccardo Giacconi]
Riccardo Giacconi studied fine arts at the IUAV University of Venice. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as Grazer Kunstverein (Graz), ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin). His films have made the rounds of leading festivals, including the New York Film Festival, the Venice International Film Critics' Week, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Visions du Réel and FID Marseille, where he won the Grand Prix in the International Competition in 2015.