drone footage: Drone Media Studio (HU), animation: Effi & Amir


What kind of choreography arises in the proximity of borders? Which strategies of restriction define movement? Zaides’ new work sets out to explore a dynamic system of action and reaction, limitation and transgression, stasis and mobility. The work is a response to TALOS, an EU-funded initiative that designed an advanced system for protecting European land borders. TALOS was a collaborative project between ten countries that was officially conducted between the years 2008-2013. It resulted in a demonstration of a surveillance system that could be deployed in a matter of hours at any location. The system included mobile, semi-autonomous robots that patrol border areas and gain physical and performative presence.

For the TALOS project, Zaides put together a team of choreographers, dramaturges, video artists, and robotic experts. Since 2016, the team has been developing a conferences model that references the original project. The nature of each conference depends on to the location where it is being held.

Credits & Collaborators

Team Claire Buisson, Simge Gücük, Jonas Rutgeerts, Nienke Scholts, Culture Crew, Effi & Amir, Arkadi Zaides Footage Drone Media Studio (HU) Co-produced by Les Subsistances (FR), La Maison de la Danse (FR), K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg as part of Together Apart project, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation (DE), TanzQuartier Wien (AT), NEXT Arts Festival, Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (BE-FR), CSS, Villa Manin (IT) , CDC Toulouse (FR), CCNN – Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes (FR) Residency support Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), O Espaço do Tempo (PT), STUK (BE), Wiesbaden Biennale (DE) With the participation of DICRéAM
Usages Géopolitiques Des Images

What influence do images have on migration policies? How do dictatorial regimes produce their imagery? Is there an ethical way to document war zones? USAGES GÉOPOLITIQUES DES IMAGES is a new publication that sets to examine these issues through the works of various contemporary artists. The book compiles the writing of twelve contributors, among them is Frédéric Pouillaude, whose essay examines  Zaides' practice over the past years. 

10—11 June 2017
Exclusive Access, Symposium, Research Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy