Mixing the registers of documentary and fiction, Gaëlle Cintré’s video work finds its inspiration in anecdotes from daily life and science fiction stories. Her film Zone Blanche (White Zone) takes the opposite view of Caméra(Auto)Contrôle, sketching out a negative form of technological control that affects bodies to the point of expelling them from the contemporary technocosm. She met four women who suffer from acute artificial electromagnetic field intolerance syndrome (SICEM in French), which is caused by mobile phones and WiFi. These electro-hypersensitive women survive by living in the mountains, their daily lives wavering between a return to a primitive lifestyle and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Because they can no longer tolerate being near electric currents, or even batteries, the filmmaker had to approach them with a mechanical camera.
*1986, France, lives and works between Paris and Los Angeles