La Rive Virale – Miljana Nikovic – Germany

Superposition of maritime semantics — integrated into the informatic vocabulary — and oceanic images, inviting to meditate on our position to cyber-intrusions in our dailiness.

Director Biography – Miljana Nikovic

Architect, researcher and creative, born in Belgrade, based in Berlin. Currently working on her PhD thesis and art project on cities, cinema, and historical perceptions of collective memories. Recently initiated a collective for French-speaking poets. Constantly exploring various artistic forms via video, photography, sound, collage, drawing, and especially through writing.

Director Statement

Offering a wide choice of words evoking natural phenomena or activities that we tend to exercise in physical reality, the maritime semantics is essentially integrated into the language of the computer network. In a total immersion of varied data that consumes our concentration and attention rate, it becomes increasingly difficult to sort and prioritize the accumulated online content. Some is visible, other blends into a bottomless ocean. Faced with an unlimited number of options, the “Fear Of Missing Content” is a real danger towards ephemeral opportunities. At the same time, it becomes difficult to protect and secure your personal data.

In a context of environmental impact, digital pollution contributes to a saturation of spaces and memories. The number of submarine cables, stretching thousands of kilometers, is constantly increasing. Our external hard drives stack up like our memory boxes that we only open when we move out. Questionable manufacturing methods of the devices that we use are an other challenge for the ecological balance.

Superposing these themes on soothing images of a calm aquatic life, this ironic video-poem invites us to meditate on our relationship with the internet and cyber intrusions.

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