11 Million cigarettes wash up on Devonshire coast

What Happened to the Portcullis?

The container ship Svendborg Maersk was battered by hurricane winds as it crossed the northern stretch of the Bay of Biscay on February 14th. Battling 30-foot waves and working through winds of 60 knots the ship arrived only to find that a large chunk of her cargo had been swept overboard. The ship was originally heading from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka.

The shipping giant initially reported that only 70 containers had been lost in the storms. However, last Wednesday this number skyrocketed to 517 – the largest recorded loss of containers overboard in a single incident. Countless more are supposed to have been damaged when six of the bays tilted over.

Maersk have suggested that almost 85 percent of the containers were empty, with the rest containing mostly dry goods and frozen meats. They also reinforced the fact that none of the containers were carrying harmful substances and that many had sunk…

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The Forgotten Space – Discussion with Sukhdev Sandhu & Phil Steinberg

Phil Steinberg (blog) and Sukhdev Sandhu recently discussed Allan Sekula’s and Noël Burch’s film The Forgotten Space at Nottingham Contemporary.

Phil has also written a review on The Forgotten Space and an obituary for Allan Sekula, who recently died.




Passengerfilms – the car-crash shipwreck of geography and film – presents ‘Sea Stories and See Stories’ on Tuesday the 18th of June.

Filmmakers leverage the ocean as a venue for seeing the worlds in which we live, from those of our inner psyches to the circulatory rhythms of global political economy. But in the process is the ocean as a space of matter and affect truly explored…or is its erasure merely taken to a new level? Indeed, is it truly possible to tell a narrative about the ocean, or is a ‘sea story’ necessarily about seeing something else?

We’ll be grappling with these questions through screenings of two films:

The Forgotten Space (2010, 112 min) by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, winner of the Special Orizzonti Jury Award (best feature-length film) at the 2010 Venice Biennale. An extension of Sekula’s 1996 photo-essay Fish Story, The Forgotten Space uncovers the hidden…

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Governmobility: The Powers of Mobility (2012)

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Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Governmobility: The Powers of Mobility, Mobilities, 2012

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Mobility is often associated with flow and freedom; nonetheless, it is also about power and government. While mobility studies have shown how interpersonal social relations are increasingly supported by mobile technologies, it seems less clear how mobilities are involved in governing societies. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality and his 1978 lectures on security, territory and population, this article suggests that societies are increasingly governed through mobility, rather than there being government of mobility. If circulation has become a producer of, rather than an obstacle to, societies, then governmobility is a meaningful concept relating to how societies are ruled through connections. In conclusion, the article asks: what are the implications of governmobility for border studies, and more broadly, what are the powers of mobility studies?

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New Paper: ‘Shipping Container Mobilities, Seamless Compatibility, and the Global Surface of Logistical Integration’

Design Geographies

New Paper: ‘Shipping Container Mobilities, Seamless Compatibility, and the Global Surface of Logistical Integration’

I have a paper in the new issue of Environment and Planning A. It’s part of the ‘What are Surfaces?’ special issue edited by Isla Forsyth, Hayden Lorimer, Pete Merriman and James Robinson. You can download their introduction here: http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a4699

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