These short films are part of the How To Disappear programme, click here for full information on this programme:
Over the course of three programs comprising short films, feature-length films and video art, we will look into manufactured virtual dimensions, parallel realities used to escape, reflect, critique or control the physical realm. The first episode consists of four video works that each propose a virtual, immersive landscape – simulations that still very much deal with our physical realities. The second episode proposes different ways of looking at the city; through live webcams, maps and virtual re-fabrication. In the third and last program we will focus on the use of surveillance technologies used in warfare.
During their flights, the soldiers use thermal cameras to observe movement on the ground: anything that gives off heat lights up. From a distance, landscapes, villages, people, and animals become abstract patches of light and dark, lines, surfaces, and contours. Is the figure among them a Taliban fighter with a Kalashnikov or a shepherd with a stick?
Filmmaker Éléonore Weber had access to video recordings of French and American missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. A French helicopter pilot related his often-shocking experiences to her. What begins as a monotone video essay gradually develops a powerful tension, because as viewers we find ourselves in the pilot’s seat. We catch fragments of conversations between crew members; we look, zoom in, interpret, hesitate—and then comes the explosion.