La Rive Virale

video-poem / FR / 4min 00sec


Paul Partout


Official selections & screenings
The Film and Video Poetry Society (Los Angeles, 2020)
Fotogenia Festival for Film Poetry and Divergent Narratives (Mexico, 2020) / FINALIST
International Video Poetry Festival (Athens, 2021)
International Migration & Environmental Film Festival (Toronto, 2021)

Concept & Synopsis
Superposition of maritime semantics — integrated into the informatic vocabulary — and oceanic images, inviting to meditate on our position to cyber-intrusions in our dailiness.
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 the saturation of spaces and memories. The number of submarine cables, stretching thousands of kilometres, 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 another challenge for the ecological balance.

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