1.6. 10h Charles Heller, Geneva
2011 is the deadliest year in the Mediterranean. The war in Libya forces many people to leave the country. During this period, a vessel loaded with 73 refugees runs out of fuel at sea. During it´s long drift it is spotted by several NATO ships and helicopters, none of which help. All but 11 of the refugees die. Charles Heller talks about the juridical, visual and imaginary construction of the Mediterranean. His lecture addresses the reconstruction of the drift (co-authored with Lorenzo Pezzani) and the construction of a juridical case involving multiple layers of testimony and evidence using remote sensing tools and oceanographic calculation. It refers to the building of the Mediterranean as a selection tool and filter by overlapping international and national jurisdictions as well as by the imagery deployed to deter people from crossing it.
Imagine this was the reverse shot. Now edit.
Walter Benjamin, Tropical Islands, 28.4.2012.