Null Island

Letícia Ramos
August 26th – 10 pm

Curator: Daniela Labra | Session: Flying Free

ANull Island is located at 0°N 0°E, where the prime meridian and the equator cross. The location is marked by a buoy in the Atlantic. This hypothetical place exists only in mathematics and cartography: it was created so that other places could be indexed on a map. At a weather station in Antarctica, a scientist and a robot talk through the ages. Science is the backdrop to a story that speaks of isolation and loneliness. We follow the scientist’s perception of a strange phenomenon that appears in the polar landscape: a metallic sphere that cannot be captured by cameras and is visible only to the organic eyes of humans and animals. The robot – a form of artificial intelligence that controls the cameras – cannot detect the sphere and this disagreement about what is being seen triggers subjective and existential conversations between scientist and robot. The temporality is fluid, going back-and-forth; present and past refers to a hypothetical future. The film was constructed with appropriated images from webcams located in the Dark Sector of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. There, live cameras provide one photograph every 90 seconds, which Ramos spent months capturing and then compiling into a stop motion animation. The natural phenomena that occurred in the landscape were then condensed, revealing natural phenomena that would be invisible to the human eye. Null Island contains footage taken by Ramos in Antarctica, with images produced with models in her studio in São Paulo during lockdown.

Comissioned by Jeu de Paume’s. Showed in “Futurs d‘avant” programme of the Jeu de Paume’s Espace Virtuel.

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Date:August 26th
Author:Letícia Ramos
Curator: Daniela Labra
Year:2020
Duration:6’30”

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