Life on the CAPS
Meriem BENNANI Morocco, USA 34 mins PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Singapore Premiere
Undercurrent – Double Bill
This film will be screened together with MOBY DICK; or, The Whale
Teleporting migrants and US troopers are segregated on the CAPS, an island of metamorphosing bodies and virtual realities.
The final chapter in a dystopian sci-fi trilogy, Life on the CAPS imagines a world where unauthorised migrants disassemble their bodies and teleport. They have been detained by US immigration troopers on the CAPS, a once-transitory island in the Atlantic Ocean that became a city with its own music, dance and high-tech culture. The migrants develop plastic faces or adaptable physical forms if they do not properly rematerialise—like Kamal, who has bought a new body to fight for liberation. Occupying separate zones, troopers and migrants have bizarre online encounters via deep-sea data cables. This film speculates on the states of possibility and revolution that can emerge from a world of bodily fluidity and virtual realities.
A co-commission by Nottingham Contemporary and The Renaissance Society.
Meriem BENNANI combines globalised pop culture and digital technologies with vernacular Moroccan traditions and contemporary politics in her video and film installations. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, The Guggenheim Museum, Art Dubai and La Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Portrait by Charlie ENGMAN