Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Seven years have passed since Allan Sekula and Noel Burch released their magisterial documentary "The Forgotten Space". Unfortunately, it's born up very well.Broadly speaking, the film sketches a history of the shipping container – "The Box," as the filmmakers call it – and its impact on us. The film opens in Rotterdam, the Dutch port city flattened by World War II, then resurrected to become Europe's largest port.Rotterdam's been able to maintain its competitive edge, a port official boasts, by embracing technological changes that've allowed the industry to remove most human labor from the equation.The crew later sets down in California (whose port facilities were the laboratory for the invention of contemporary shipping practices), then Guangdong's industrial zones.The object of Sekula and Burch's globetrotting isn't economic infrastructure as such but the people that economies are supposed to service and the broad-canvas global narrative is leavened with human vignettes.
Bad blood, Bowie, Halley’s comet
The genius beneath Beuys’ hat
Lebanon's first art biennial, in Alita
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE