Forgotten Spaces (Platform 1)

May 15, 2011
The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, New York, NY
Curated by Jennifer Burris, Sofía Olascoaga, Sadia Shirazi, and Gaia Tedone

Forgotten Spaces

This event features the U.S. Premiere of The Forgotten Space (2010), an award-winning film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. This screening will be followed by a conversation between Allan Sekula, art historian Benjamin Buchloh, and geographer David Harvey, introduced by Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, New York.

Moving between the four port cities of Bilbao, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, The Forgotten Space excavates the maritime world as a space that is often foreclosed from mainstream awareness. This film re-inscribes the sea as a crucial site within complex networks of global capitalism. Sekula and Burch intertwine this with narratives of the stories of people working in the world’s major harbors. The conversation following the film will explore the relationship between capitalism and uneven geographical development.