DÉPLOIEMENTS

A film by Stéphanie Lagarde (website)

2018 | French | 16 min | Digital Video | Color | Stereo | 25fps

Déploiements zooms in on the state’s practice of control by drawing a parallel between two types of simulation: a team of fighter pilots fully immersed in a mental simulation of an air show, and a piece of software that predicts the behaviour of a crowd of protesters. The Patrouille de France is the precision aerobatic demonstration unit of the French Air Force. It represents their engagement in domestic security and military operations abroad. We see its best fighter pilots engaged in subtle hand gestures and coded words, mentally preparing for the big show. Juxtaposed are images of police software used to study crowd control strategies in urban environments.The fictional protest space appears as a reduced version of the nation’s territory, as the patriotic airshow appears as a mirror of (potential) ground operations. Issues of identity and identification of citizens arise in the perimeters of the demonstration, the city and the country. Flag-coloured smoke demarcates the state's airspace, imprinting its military agility into the minds of citizens whose movement is strategically restricted by police formations. Both the State forces and the protesters adopt a strategy oscillating between visibility and invisibility. Power, it seems, is a game of being seen and being invisible: being present and being absent at the right moment.

Screenings:

2018 The State is not a Work of Art - Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.

2018 Unfair18 - Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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