Border(s)

by Institut Français - 05/2022

The utopia of a world without borders, where everyone is free to move around, is today increasingly opposed by tighter border controls. Depending on the circumstances, borders can be zones of passage and places of contact, or places of exclusion and conflict. As international conflicts force more and more migrants from their homes, borders and the fate of these migrants raise questions for digital artists.
Digital technology is also proving to be a means of overcoming distances and physical limits, allowing men and women to connect across borders.

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8 creations

On the roads of exile

Wars, climate disasters, ... more and more people are forced to leave their countries and cross borders in search of a safer life. Artists put their journey and their uprooting into images.

Enterre-moi, mon amour, an adventure game by The Pixel Hunt studio, tells the story of Nour, a Syrian refugee undertaking a dangerous journey to reach Europe, and Majd, her husband, who remains in Syria.
Meet Mortaza, a virtual reality experience by Joséphine Derobe, tells the story of an Afghan refugee forced into exile to escape death threats from the religious authorities.
Barud, by Mélanie Gouby, takes us on an olfactory journey from Aleppo to the world of French perfumery. This web documentary tells the story of Barud's difficulties and determination to become a perfumer after fleeing the war in Syria.
Heroic Makers vs Heroic Land, directed by Isabelle Arvers based on a video game engine, tells how many refugees have together created spaces for living and sharing in the Calais Jungle.

Wars, climate disasters, ... more and more people are forced to leave their countries and cross borders in search of a safer life. Artists put their journey and their uprooting into images.

Enterre-moi, mon amour, an adventure game by The Pixel Hunt studio, tells the story of Nour, a Syrian refugee undertaking a dangerous journey to reach Europe, and Majd, her husband, who remains in Syria.
Meet Mortaza, a virtual reality experience by Joséphine Derobe, tells the story of an Afghan refugee forced into exile to escape death threats from the religious authorities.
Barud, by Mélanie Gouby, takes us on an olfactory journey from Aleppo to the world of French perfumery. This web documentary tells the story of Barud's difficulties and determination to become a perfumer after fleeing the war in Syria.
Heroic Makers vs Heroic Land, directed by Isabelle Arvers based on a video game engine, tells how many refugees have together created spaces for living and sharing in the Calais Jungle.

Crossing the border

The virtual reality film Dreamin'Zone, produced by Zéro de Conduite Productions, is a poetic journey through the memories of a South Korean child who disobeyed the demilitarised border and symbolically reunited the two Koreas in her own way.

Digital technology and social networks

To eliminate distances and borders?

In the digital age, borders must also be erased, as we are all connected by an invisible network: the Web. With the help of digital technologies, artists invite others into dialogue and encounters.

In response to the Covid crisis, Distances, by the digital artist duo Scenocosme, is an interactive work that brings together people virtually who are not or no longer able to touch each other physically to create games of encounters with the other.
Dasha Ilina's Center for Networked Intimacy explores the development and maintenance of relationships in the digital age and reveals that the relationships we develop through social networks are often not authentic because of their lack of physicality.
The 10 young photographers of the web series Iran No Filter, by Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa, share the dreams of their generation through their photos on Instagram, not so distant from those of other young people around the world.

In the digital age, borders must also be erased, as we are all connected by an invisible network: the Web. With the help of digital technologies, artists invite others into dialogue and encounters.

In response to the Covid crisis, Distances, by the digital artist duo Scenocosme, is an interactive work that brings together people virtually who are not or no longer able to touch each other physically to create games of encounters with the other.
Dasha Ilina's Center for Networked Intimacy explores the development and maintenance of relationships in the digital age and reveals that the relationships we develop through social networks are often not authentic because of their lack of physicality.
The 10 young photographers of the web series Iran No Filter, by Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa, share the dreams of their generation through their photos on Instagram, not so distant from those of other young people around the world.