Contained Mobility

Ursula Biemann

2004, 21:25 minutes, colour


Synchronized Double Screen Video.

Upon entering the harbor, the voyager leaves the exceptional condition of the boundless sea - this traversable space of maritime immensity - to come ashore in an offshore place, in a container world that only tolerates the trans-local state of not being of this place - nor of any other really - but of existing in a condition of permanent not-belonging, of juridical non-existence. He comes to signify the itinerant body, bound to string along a chain of territories, never reaching a final destination. Probing the protocols of access time and again, he moves through non-civil places, waits for status in off-social spaces, only to remain suspended in the post-humanist lapse. What used to be a state of temporary exemption - survival in the fluid time-space of legal deferral - has slowly consolidated into the prime mode of migratory subsistence. The site of this existence is connected but segregated, it is the world system of contained mobility.

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