The Forgotten Space
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The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss.
The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.
A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.
Filmen presenteres in samarbeid med Bergen Kunsthall. Visningen er en av flere arrangementer og off-site verk som er en del av utstillingen “The Ocean” på Bergen Kunsthall. Utstillingen kan besøkes fra 28. august til 31. oktober 2021. Les mer om utstillingen på facebook og kunsthall.no.
Tema: CiB x
The Forgotten Space. Regi: Allan Sekula & Nöel Burch. Nederland/Østerrike 2010. DCP, 1t 52min.