video essay, 53’
Remote Sensing is a split screen digital video tracing the topographies of the global sex trade in relation to satellite media and other geographic information technologies that visualise globality. The video unravels the multi-layered meaning of a geography in which the mobility and migration of women is linked to illicit economies and the implementation of new technologies.
Voluntarily or not, since the 90ies women are displaced in great numbers from Manila to Nigeria, from Burma to Thailand, from Bulgaria to Europe: female bodies in the flow of global capitalism. Spiralling down from an orbital view captured by image satellites, the video-essay takes an earthly perspective on the trafficking of women and cross-border transactions filmed in Southeast Asia and on the Czech-German border.
Sex tourism, bride migration and trafficking in women are various forms of sexually motivated mobility that have developed their own industries and markets. In the 1990s, globalization led to a radical increase in migration in all directions, a development promoted on a vast scale by the internet. The increase involved not only acceleration but also certain shifts in discourse.
The upheaval described in my video research Remote Sensing has brought about a discursive shift in our notions of place and displacement.