Area Global

Country of Production: Argentina, Austria, Greece, Switzerland
Year of Production: 2010
Running time: 33min
Language of dialogue: no dialogue
Synopsis: „Area Global“ is a communal event amongst Area performers and friends. It’s a synchronized action, where people in various location perform a track consisting of movement instruction exactly at the same time. Synchronization happens via Skype or global world time devices. „Area Global “ has been performed in October ’10 in Bangalore, Salzburg, Athens, Zurich and Buenos Aires. This is its documentation.
Director: Georg Hobmeier

Screening time: SATURDAY, 9 July, Bór Zapilski 16:30-18:30 (Screening E)

Screening E, all films:

Jirafas, Spain, 6min
Caruso Inverso, Austria/Brazil, 6min
Area Global, Argentina/Austria/Greece/Switzerland, 33min
Viikko Vanessana – Week as Vanessa, Finland, 60min

Review

An omnipotent English-speaking male voice with a German-sounding accent instructs performers simultaneously in five cities: Bangalore, Salzburg, Athens, Zurich and Buenos Aires. Without a question, the participants follow its orders in what becomes a rite-like performance in urban space.

Area Global portrays an event almost like a reversed dérive, which was practiced by the anti-capitalist movement of the Situationists International. In a dérive, the goal for the participants was to “during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there”. In Area Global, an invisible voice from above gives orders and the same conditions apply to the performers globally no matter the terrain or specific geographic conditions or the participants’ sensory experiences.

The camera is hardly a participant in this experiment: most of the time, its task is simply to try to keep up with the performers’ movements, to document or monitor that they are obeying orders. It is not the camera’s eye they are addressing, unless the voice specifically tells them to. They are just doing what they are being told. Yet, the participants seem to obey with pleasure – as voluntary puppets of a new global capitalist order.

-Riikka Kuoppala