"White Cube", dir. Wojciech Pustoła
Carrara is an Italian town that owes its fame to the white marble extracted here. This uniquely preserved world is a time machine built upon traditional values. Since time immemorial, Carrara has also been a Mecca for sculptors, who, through their craft, forged a relationship with the holy stone – and continue to do so.
Modern technology has shaken the foundations of this world with the development of Antropomorpho. The robot, modelled on the movement of the human hand, can carve any 3D marble shape from a computer file. The consequences of this cybernetic revolution in the field of stone sculpture are obvious – this is the beginning of the end.
Nevertheless, the Taliban of sculpture, as local artists call themselves, do not give up. Marble, they say, needs love and time. Yet there is no time. Time is money.
The means of production in art have changed, but there are still no good answers to the resulting questions. What does it mean to work on a piece of art? What does quality mean in the context of working on an artwork? And, perhaps most importantly, what exactly is an artwork today?
Wojtek Pustoła’s creative documentary follows the aesthetics of slow cinema, immersing viewers in the complex world of Carrara and revealing – layer after layer – what usually remains hidden from view.
The film will be available online at Ninateka for 48 hours, between October 22, 9.00 pm and October 24, 8.59 pm.