‘Geocinema’ considers planetary-scale sensory networks —cell phones, surveillance cameras, satellites, geosensors— as a vastly distributed cinematic apparatus: a camera. Sensing fragments of the earth each signal and transfer runs through their own sets of scales and temporalities while producing terabytes of raw data. Here, the representation of the earth is the sum of a decentralized editing process with its image anything but whole.

Their method takes queues from these techniques of sensing, tracing the ‘hows’ of their stitching processes used for imperial observation, surveillance, verification, and tracking. These processes contribute to a visual culture, whether planned or accidental, co-editing into an archive of and for an uncertain future-present. If this camera, through its montage and intervals, is framing a form of ‘geocinema’, they’d like to point it towards a mode of seeing otherwise.

Geocinema is a project by Asia Bazdyrieva, Alexey Orlov, Solveig Suess