The Aperture Foundation, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and the Photography program at Parsons the New School for Design present a special screening of The Forgotten Space, a film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch.
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 megaships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy is somehow obsolete. A range of materials are used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies.
A conversation with photographer and filmmaker Allan Sekula, Kristin Ross, Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University and Chi-hui Yang, film programmer and writer, follows the screening.
Image: Still from 'The Forgotten Space', 2010, digital film, color, sound; 112 mins. Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, produced by DocEye Film, Amsterdam, in co-production with WildArt Film, Vienna. Courtesy DocEye Film, Amsterdam