US , 1995
8mins, Beta SP, NTSC, B&W
Directed, Produced, Written, Camera, Edited Laura Waddington
The 25th Montreal International Festival of New Cinema, 1996
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An experiment - filming without looking through a viewfinder, the camera attached to my body. I filmed it, in 1994, on a ship, crossing the Atlantic and created the story later on. Now I feel only the process was of interest and the last shot, a Filipino sailor, cleaning the decks at 4am. When, in 2000, the Rotterdam Film Festival commissioned me to make a video in a port, this image led me to make CARGO.

Press Quotes

  • " In ZONE the observing subject is the filmmaker herself, who travels on a cruise ship with a hidden camera. Here again the voice over sets the tone - a meditation on longing and loss. The voyage as search for identity is a thread linking all of Waddington’s works. The goal of the journeys are unknown and not important, what counts is the experience itself. The experiences are not made passively, the filmmaker becoming part of the stories and lives she films. "

    Olivier Rahayel FILM-DIENST, Germany
  • " At first, video was a way for her to overcome practical difficulties “While I was living in New York, I met electronic musicians who were making and distributing music out of their apartments. I felt that cinema would eventually move in this direction and that with a small camera, even if I couldn’t find production funds, I’d always be able to continue shooting.” With video, she says she wanted to “unlearn” the reflexes she’d acquired shooting film. By filming “without using (her) eyes” as with ZONE, filmed in 1995 on a transatlantic ship with a video camera sewn into her jacket. "
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    Mathilde Blottière et Laurent Rigoulet, TELERAMA, France
  • " Laura Waddington is afraid of flying: She doesn't board a plane, ever (well, ever....). Instead, she travels by bus or train or ship - the latter, the most archaic in a lot of ways, being the locus of two videos, ZONE (1995) and CARGO (2001). The old-fashioned ways used nowadays mainly by those lacking the funds for luxuries like time... The world slows down like that while growing back again to an older yet more natural size. It's 19th century redux, befitting an oeuvre with a social agenda which for so many of the airplane-internet-mobile-set, Today's People, feels passé but isn't for the majority of human beings on this planet, Earth. "
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    Olaf Möller “The Days and Years of My Travels”
  • " She boards the ship, the QE2, from New York to England. The situation implies unavoidable solitude: the passengers in their cabins do not notice the sea. Alone, a woman paces up and down the decks, looking for a man, who is perhaps not there or who simply does not exist. It would be wrong to suspect voyeurism in the use of a camera, normally reserved for spying. For what Laura Waddington is really tracing is her capacity to renounce her gaze and abandon herself to the movement of her body in order to produce a trembling of vision... a gaze that encompasses everything in a single gesture.  "
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more press quotes


The 25th Montreal International Festival of New Film and Video, 1996
The 5th New York Video Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1996
VIPER International Film,Video and Multimedia Festival, Lucerne, 1996
The 8th European Media Art Festival, Osnabruk, 1996
The 12th Hamburg Short film festival, Hamburg, 1996
“In Person: Laura Waddington” Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, organised by Six Pack Film, Vienna, 2002
The 51st Oberhausen International Short Film Festival,  2005  (“Crossing Frontiers - Laura Waddington”)
The 41st Pesaro International Film Festival, 2005 ( “Homage to Laura Waddington”)

more screenings


Interview with Laura Waddington . Olaf Möller , The 51st Pesaro Film Festival Catalogue, 2005
The Days and Years of My Travels . Olaf Möller , The 51st Pesaro Film Festival Catalogue, 2005
The Pain of Seeing: The Videos of Laura Waddington . Bouchra Khalili , The 51st Oberhausen Short Film Festival Catalogue, 2005
Laura Waddington: The Clandestine Camera . Mathilde Blottière , Télérama, France, 2006
more articles & interviews