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Call for artists in Hong Kong, China & the Middle East

tumblr_n3q0fqIVJf1rnnvi8o1_1280Intermodal Flow: Ship placement, exhibition & public programme

We are currently looking for two artists (from China and the Middle East) who would like to join Delta Arts artist Emma Smith on a 28-day container ship passage from Hong Kong to Southampton in 2015.

The placements are part of Intermodal Flow, our project on the containerised maritime trade routes that represent the hidden plumbing of globalisation. Our idea is to develop Intermodal Flow as a mobile platform for artist exchange using passenger places available on container ships. Inspired in part by the Artist Placement Group in the 1960s, our vision is a combination of a site-specific residency, a collective-workshop, and an international artists’ think tank. As such there is scope for collective dialogue and collaboration as well as individual research and practice. Continue reading

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

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.

Container Ships

Ship in the Solent (Image: Oliver Sumner)

Ship in the Solent (Image: Oliver Sumner)

We have started a new blog, as an offshoot of this main Delta Arts blog, to collect references on the subject of containerised maritime trade. Have a look at http://intermodalflow.wordpress.com/

Delta Arts members have been researching material on this subject from interdisciplinary perspectives, including geography, law, international relations, economics, politics, and anthropology, as well as cultural references in art, film, and literature. For some time we have been exploring the idea of placing artists on a container ship passage between the UK and China, a project we have called Intermodal Flow.

Our idea is to develop Intermodal Flow as a mobile platform for artist exchange using passenger places available on container ships. Our vision is a combination of a site-specific residency, a collective-workshop, and an international artists’ think tank. It follows on from our experience of international artist fellowships in our 2010 project Golden Threads. Further updates on Intermodal Flow will be posted here.