‘Geocinema’ considers planetary-scale sensory networks
—cell phones, surveillance cameras, satellites, geosensors— as a vastly distributed cinematic apparatus: a camera.
Sensing fragments of the earth
each signal and transfer runs through their own sets of scales and temporalities while producing terabytes of raw data.
Here, the representation of the earth is the sum of a decentralized editing process with its image anything but whole.

‘Geocinema’ considers planetary-scale sensory networks
—cell phones, surveillance cameras, satellites, geosensors— as a vastly distributed cinematic apparatus: a camera.
Sensing fragments of the earth
each signal and transfer runs through their own sets of scales and temporalities while producing terabytes of raw data.
Here, the representation of the earth is the sum of a decentralized editing process with its image anything but whole.

A series of investigations that test the claims of ‘geocinema’ unfolds in four parts.
Each follows entangled strands into what these sensing networks might mean through an expanded field of cinema.

Our method takes cues from these techniques of sensing, tracing the ‘hows’ of their stitching processes used for imperial observation, surveillance, verification, and tracking. These processes contribute to a visual culture, whether planned or accidental, co-editing into an archive of and for an uncertain future-present. If this camera, through its montage and intervals, is framing a form of ‘geocinema’, we’d like to point it towards a mode of seeing otherwise.

Episode 01

Editing Worlds

In its vertical dissection, the earth is wrapped by more than 7 million scenes by the Landsat satellites. Following the trajectory of satellites, episode 01 turns to the wrapping of the earth through systems of measurement and the synchronisation of data, from models and their tools. Geocinema has long been a method of making sense of where we are in the cosmos, while the ground, oceans, planets and ourselves around the earth are in constant movement.

Episode 02

Registering Solar

The sun’s photons translate into data by an ecology of recording devices. Episode 02 moves from the scale of photons to ourselves as prosthesis for how earth senses itself. Time and place specific, here we look at how geocinema is informed not necessarily by events that trigger its attention but rather through the very slow processes of how environments are sensed.

Episode 03

Framing territories

Episode 03 looks at the One Belt One Road initiative, spanning across Asia, Europe and Africa with an ambition of developing trade routes and a techno-modernist promise of global connectivity. Large-scale efforts along the Belt and Road explicits a data-driven framework to guide the future of environmental decision-making, mirrored by large-scale infrastructural plans to terraform its landscapes. This would rapidly rescript how we understand and govern environments, co-producing certain natures.

Episode 04

Distributing Otherwise

Episode 04 turns its focus to the geocinematic patterning of attention spans. It tunes in into modern myths of inexplicable phenomena, such as Tunguska event — events that never happened because there were no systems to register it. Cutting across time, the episode jumps through chronological logics to speculate what might exist in-between and beyond modes of sensing operations.

This is not a cinema
about earth
because there is no earth

‘Geocinema’ is an invitation to a genre and a provocation to decenter the human within vastly distributed processes of image and meaning making.

With aspirations twisting across various geographies and temporalities,
we want to alienate these sensing techniques which are framing movements of the cosmos, oceans, organisms, atmospheres, in order to queer given narratives about earths.

Project by

Asia Bazdyrieva
Alexey Orlov
Solveig Suess

Web Development

John Grishin
Kirill Kotov

Sound Design

Nikita Alekseenko

Music

Episode 01: Josh Feola, Georgiy Potopalskiy
Episode 02: Josh Feola
Episode 03: Nikita Alekseenko
Episode 04: Jessika Khazrik, “Only Distance Has a Name,”
from “My Communication Is Not Work”, 2018
“I Am Not Your History” from “Terrella Al2ard Alsaghira,” 2017


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