Installation, vidéo, 30 min
A near future, or maybe recent past. The Base Arrière Taxi is a gigantic transit ground isolated on the outskirts of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. Here more and more aging Parisian taxi drivers from diverse backgrounds spend long hours waiting to be dispatched for rides from the terminals. Here they find refuge from fatigue and the fierce competition of the metropolis.
Over the years, this singular location, out of time and out of space, suspended between circulations and immobility, situated at the crossroads of ephemeral frontiers, has transformed into a second home for the drivers from all walks of life. In this non-place, learning, spirituality, recreation, and creativity erupt and subvert its original function as space of control.
Facing the major disruptions and crises of their epoch, facing the uncertainties or the trembling world, the drivers reclaim their time and space, and equipped with their smartphone cameras archive their knowledge, memories, and imaginations. Weaving these first-hand testimonies, gliding between dystopia and utopia, «La Base» is their message in a bottle, a chronicle, a proposition.