Forgotten Spaces: Harvey, Buchloh and Sekula

Finally, I was able to get a copy of The Forgotten Space, a documentary film on containerization, directed by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. Although I am really looking forward to seeing it, I didn’t make it, yet. Anyhow – here’s a good piece to get into the right mood. David Harvey and Benjamin Buchloh comment on the film and discuss with one of the directors, Allan Sekula. Especially the first couple of minutes are really interesting. Harvey speaks of containerization as “one of the great innovations without which we would not have had globalization, the deindustrialization of America and all the other things that have been going on.” Considering technology, Harvey digs out a passage from Marx’s Capital on the relation of man to nature and discusses it in regard to The Forgotten Space:

“Technology reveals the active relation of man to nature, the direct process of the production of his life, and thereby it also lays bare the process of the production of the social relations of his life, and of the mental conceptions that flow from those relations” *

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Experimental Geography in Practice

The Politics and Matter Research Group I am part of at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol is hosting a workshop Tuesday 18th – Wednesday 19th December 2012 on the theme of Politics and Matter.

The two-day event is open to the public and will be held at the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. We would like to invite researchers to attend the workshop, and to use the space to explore emerging problematics and dynamics pertaining to their own work and interests.


In the wake of recent ‘new materialist’ debates there has been an upsurge of interest within the social sciences around the themes of vital materiality, nonhuman agency, and the subsequent questioning of political action and responsibility that these matters present (Bennett 2010; Coole and Frost 2010; Braun and Whatmore 2010). Invited speakers will demonstrate their recent contribution to these theoretical…

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