Cabo do Mar / Undersea Cable

A relationship is constructed from two different territories. Undersea Cable is a short film shot on mobile phones, which collects fragments of conversations using Skype from a period of eighteen months. One in London, one in Rio de Janeiro. The audio provides an overlapping centre for the two protagonists’ cities, as they describe how they are transforming around them. The camera travels through the two cities as they grow strange through gentrification. The two women talk about their lives, families and politics in their different contexts. Images and voices converge in moments of temporary connection and disconnection, suggesting ways in which new technologies create new geographies and forms of intimacy.
We are ‘orientated’ towards our external world - the spaces in which we live and dwell (such as cities) - in relation to what is immediate, what might be considered familiar. Queer bodies do not set along the same journey towards the familiar or the immediate, as those defined as ‘straight’; queerness may be understood as a state of ‘disorientation’ where multiple journeys, other forms of connection and desire, become possible.
We are ‘orientated’ by what we can move towards - but also, as this film explores, the ways in which we seek to make the distant immediate to us through technology. Through technology we inhabit multiple locations at once; we are always making multiple journeys. We are interested in the intersections of queer experiences with the new ways in which intimacies are formed and maintained using technology.

Screened at:  Mozilla Festival 2016, curated by Tate Digital Learning Team and V&A 
/ MozFest fringe event, Tate Modern, 2016

/ Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, May 2017

/ 2nd place in Eye Want Change smartphone filmmaking competition 2017

/ Re-Creative Young Artists' screening, South London Gallery, August 2017

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Ali Maeve

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