Visual and digital poetry of a fictional urban territory produced from photogrammetric recordings (3D scan) of homeless people in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. By archiving these bodies-on-the-ground on the periphery of private property, where precarious and shifting islands are formed in the midst of our daily and connected flâneries, we aim to shed light on the " waste " of the city's logistical and utilitarian functioning. A renewed figure of Walter Benjamin's ragpicker, the lumpenproletarian of our reflection becomes a visual allegorical figure that seeks to question our own relationship to the connected urban society and its in/humanity. The "recumbent", "Gisant" in French, is a funerary statue from Christian art, literally meaning in French what is lying down (ci-gît). In the light of the data captured by so-called intelligent or augmented cameras and the cross-checking of personal information, who and what are these bodies that (still) remain faceless for companies and institutions? These bodies (still) absent from maps and 3D urban models? Whereas global online mapping services, such as those of GAFAM, show and even enable us to navigate in three dimensions the buildings that overhang our bodies, the topography that we sketch takes the opposite approach by making objects and bodies living points.

  • EMERY Fraser Jordan
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    1 minute 45 seconds
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    February 14, 2023
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    700 EUR
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Director Biography - EMERY Fraser Jordan

Jordan Fraser Emery is a PhD Student at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc and at the University of São Paulo, in Communication Sciences and Social Psychology of Art. He works on queer counter-spaces in São Paulo with an anthropology using 360° camera and pursues digital creations in urban spaces.

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