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Booking Fast: The Ship of Empty Boxes

Still from The Forgotten Space, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010

Still from The Forgotten Space, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010

THE SHIP OF EMPTY BOXES: Responses to Containerised Global Trade 
(including 6pm screening of The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch)

Saturday, 18 January 2014, 10:30am-8pm, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon

Square, WC1H 0PD London

Free event

UPDATE: Birkbeck tell us our symposium is now fully-booked on Eventbrite, but it is worth getting on the waiting list as places may well become available. Details on their website: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/the-ship-of-empty-boxes-responses-to-containerised-global-trade

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The Ship of Empty Boxes: Symposium & Screening

Still from The Forgotten Space, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010

Still from The Forgotten Space, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010

THE SHIP OF EMPTY BOXES: Responses to Containerised Global Trade 
(including 6pm screening of The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch)

Saturday, 18 January 2014, 10:30am-8pm, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD London

Free event. Please book via Eventbrite

Delta Arts is co-organising this event with Dr Sophie Hope (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck and Delta Arts Advisory Panel member), and Dr Alex Colas (Department of Politics, Birkbeck).

The complex maritime routes of containerised trade are perhaps the hidden plumbing of globalisation. Common estimates suggest about 90% of the non-bulk cargo being transported worldwide is moved via container shipping. The economic, social and environmental consequences affect many lives around the world. This one-day symposium brings together the disciplines of art, anthropology, international relations, law and geography to explore the significance of the shipping container, maritime trade and labour conditions in the context of globalisation.

The symposium aims to identify different approaches and understandings of containerised global trade in order to allow overlaps between legal, social, cultural and environmental narratives to occur. The materiality of the container, the labour conditions of those who service the industry, and corporations’ diligent use of multiple legal jurisdictions will be considered. Through presentations, screenings and discussion we will investigate further the impact that the global standardisation of the twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) has had on human and non-human existence and how in turn it might be re-imagined and re-shaped.

The one day symposium includes contributions from artist Simon Faithfull, Dr Douglas Guilfoyle (Reader in Law, University College London), Professor Philip Steinberg (Professor of Political Geography, Durham University), Dr Olivia Swift (economic anthropologist who specialises in seafarer welfare) and will include a screening of The Forgotten Space, by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch.

 The symposium draws on and aims to develop current research into the sea, containerisation and globalisation being carried out by the organisers of the event: Dr Sophie Hope (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck), Dr Alex Colas (Department of Politics, Birkbeck) and not-for-profit arts collective Delta Arts (Amy Lloyd, Curator, Educator, Emma Smith, Artist, and Oliver Sumner, Curator & Learning Specialist).

The Ship of Empty Boxes is supported by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and Delta Arts.

PLAYAWAY: Portsmouth & London Screenings

PLAYAWAY - Visit to Somerville Adventure Playground, July 2013 (Image: Abigail Gilchrist)

PLAYAWAY – Visit to Somerville Adventure Playground, July 2013 (Image: Abigail Gilchrist)

 

Tuesday 29 October, 3-5pm, at Somerstown Adventure Playground, Waterloo St, PORTSMOUTH PO5 4HS

Wednesday 30 October, 3-5pm, at Somerville Adventure Playground, Queens Rd, LONDON SE14

Join us for one of the premier screenings of PLAYAWAY: a film by Hannah Blackmore & Abigail Gilchrist, made with the help of children, staff, volunteers and families at two adventure playgrounds.

From June to September 2013 Delta Arts ran an exchange between two very different adventure playgrounds in Portsmouth and London. Hannah Blackmore and Abigail Gilchrist worked at Somerstown Adventure Playground on Portsmouth’s Somerstown estate, and Somerville Adventure Playground in New Cross.

Hannah and Abigail used a range of cameras, including miniature head-cams, to explore play with the children, and to find out how the communities value their adventure playgrounds. Delta Arts members Amy Lloyd and Oliver Sumner managed the project and supported the sessions, including coach visits between the two playgrounds.

A Delta Arts project supported by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Landing Place: the local in the international – engage International Conference 2012 Cardiff

Beirut: Golden Threads

engage International Conference 2012
Venues across Cardiff
6 & 7 November, fringe events on 5 November

Next week Oliver Sumner and Samar Maakaron will be representing Delta Arts at the engage conference in Cardiff. They will present an insight into Delta Arts’ new book on the Golden Threads series of artist-to-artist research fellowships. Golden Threads explored the social role for artists in Beirut, Copenhagen and London. It set out to challenge artists’ practices by placing the socially local concerns that informed them into different cultural contexts internationally. The resulting book records the collective discourse that took place between the artists, including the local concerns of social / participatory practices and the role of self-organised international networks.

A Double Book Launch yesterday at The Showroom, London

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We had an excellent evening at The Showroom yesterday, where we launched our Golden Threads book alongside Andrea Francke’s Invisible Spaces of Parenthood manual. The event began in The Showroom’s current exhibition The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON, and was interrupted by an interactive performance by Golden Threads fellowship artists Townley and Bradby. Brooms fitted with bicycle bells (in adult and child sizes) swept the guests upstairs for some Lebanese zaatar, a drink and a short Golden Threads discussion. Lawrence Bradby of Townley and Bradby talked about being an artist and parent, the visibility of children and parents in public space, and experiences of meeting artist families in Denmark through Golden Threads.

Launch of our Golden Threads book at the Showroom, London

Golden Threads (English edition)
Price: £4.95 plus p+p

Double Book Launch
24 October, 6.30–8.30pm

The Showroom
               63 Penfold Street 
London NW8 8PQ

We are looking forward to the launch of our new Golden Threads publication at the Showroom, alongside Andrea Francke’s Invisible Spaces of Parenthood manual during the Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON.

The book, available in English and Arabic editions, relates to our 2010 Golden Threads fellowships between the UK, Lebanon and Denmark. It looks back on the practice-led research and collective discourse recorded during the four peer-to-peer fellowships.

Artists Hatem Imam, Karen Land Hansen, Emma Smith, and the duo Townley and Bradby researched the varying conditions for artists engaged in social and artist-educator practice in each location. The book includes a dialogue between Emma Smith and Oliver Sumner, contributions from the artists, quotes, project information and images.

Golden Threads was a collaboration between Delta Arts members, invited fellows and hosts: Marwa Arsanios and Mirene Arsanios (Beirut), Karen Land Hansen (Copenhagen), Hatem Imam (Beirut), Lars Mathisen (Copenhagen), Emma Smith (London), Oliver Sumner (Portsmouth), and the artist duo Townley and Bradby (Norwich). We received practical support and advice from Gasworks Gallery (London), SAIR (Sølyst, DK), 98weeks Research Project / Project Space (Beirut), and help from many organisations in each location. Golden Threads was supported by Arts Council England and the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts.

Golden Threads, Pub. Delta Arts, Eds. Emma Smith & Oliver Sumner,
Price £4.95 plus p+p
A5, 32 Pages, Cover: Colour, Interior: B+W
English edition: ISBN 978-0-9573438-0-1,
Litho print, available from Delta Arts
Arabic edition: ISBN 978-0-9573438-1-8,
Print on Demand, available soon via AND Publishing