Date & Time
Part 1: SEA-ME-WE (2015), State Ø States (2017) and SEA-ME-WE 2 (2017)
Date: Fri 8 Nov
Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Part II: SEA-ME-WE 3 (2018) followed by a Q&A with Virgile Fraisse moderated by Phoebe Pua, researcher and doctoral candidate at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
Date: Sat 9 Nov
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Film Screening Room F208
SEA-ME-WE is a multidisciplinary project and series of films by artist Virgile Fraisse (born Paris 1990). The acronym—SEAMEWE—stands for ‘South East Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe’, and is the name of a submarine fibre-optic cable which links Singapore and Marseille via Mumbai, Karachi, Alexandria, Suez, Palermo, Tunisia and Algeria.
This screening in two parts presents four films made by Fraisse between 2015 and 2018. The last film—SEA-ME-WE 3—was shot in Singapore in 2018. The films highlight the underlying materiality of contemporary networked communications. They also explore the political, cultural and economic circumstances which have shaped the trajectory of the SEAMEWE cable. Mixing fiction with documentary, the narratives of the films leave viewers to imagine the oblique as well as direct impacts of the cable’s high-speed technology.
The screening is part of the 2019 edition of Voilah!, an annual festival co-organized by the Embassy of France in Singapore in collaboration with Singaporean partners. The festival runs from 3 October to 17 November and celebrates ties between French and Singapore communities through programmes across culture, education, science, lifestyle, tourism and sports.
Image: Virgile Fraisse, SEA-ME-WE 3, 2018 © Courtesy the artist