The coordinates 37°28.6’N and 0°3.8’E mark a point in the Mediterranean – 38 nautical miles from the port city Cartagena in Spain or 100 nautical miles from the Algerian port city Oran – depending on the narrator’s perspective. On 14th September 2012 at 2:56pm, using these coordinates, the cruise liner Adventure of the Seas reported to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy with 13 persons on board.
The radio traffic between the cruise liner, the Cartagena port authorities, the rescue cruiser Salvamar Mimosa and the helicopter Helimer 211 structures the soundscape of the film. Visually, the cinematic space contracts to a single, unedited sequence arching over the total duration of the film, a short YouTube clip which seems today as the condensation of the situation in the Mediterranean. In single frames, the dinghy becomes an icon of the daily news images we are forced to watch.
A choreography emerges reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers: will another, new, potential space become visible when they meet again, in a cinematic space?
Supported by the Goethe Institut.
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