Extra City

The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch

15 Sep - 17 Nov 2013

Still from 'The Forgotten Space', by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch (2009).
The cinema of Extra City Kunsthal will be inaugurated with The Forgotten Space (2009) by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. The film follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. The filmmakers visited displaced farmers 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, they discovered 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 long-term project Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.

Tags: Allan Sekula