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The Forgotten Space (15) + Q&A

Wed 11 May 2016






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The Forgotten Space (15) + Q&A

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The Forgotten Space (15)

+ Post-Screening Discussion With Artists and Activists

Netherlands, Austria, 2010, 112 mins, dir. Noel Burch & Alan Sekula

English Subtitles

The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss.

The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those sidelined by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. In Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

Through descriptive documentary, interviews and archive this essayistic, visual documentary speaks about one of the most important processes that affects us today and seeks to describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.

Presented in Partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Commodities join us after for a post-screening discussion with artists and activists.

Q&A Panel

ROSS CURWEN – SAS Sidmouth area – South West Rep

Ross is an SAS South-West reps who oversees the sidmouth area. His work contributes the improvement of East Devon’s marine litter and water quality issues.

“I believe that surfers and water users are more in tune with what is going on, in and around the ocean. Representing SAS is a good way to engage and educate the wider community in the importance of protecting the finite resource that is our marine environment.”


SAS are an environmental charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches. SAS projects target coastal environmental issues including marine litter, sewage pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping, industry and coastal development.

It is thier aim is to create measurable improvements in the state of our oceans, waves and beaches through changes in public behaviour, government policy and industry practices.

The charity’s objectives are:

  • To undertake and promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection, improvement and ecologically sustainable management of the marine environment including associated land, shoreline and structures.
  • To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection, improvement and ecologically sustainable management of the marine environment including associated land, shoreline and structures.



Alex has a background in art-directing, sailing, cooking, fashion, farming and dancing. This has culminated in the founding of New Dawn Traders, a project that operates at the intersection of business, art and activism. New Dawn Traders currently sell rum and chocolate shipped from the Caribbean aboard the pioneering, engine-less, cargo ship Tres Hombres. Alex is also co-creating the Sail Cargo Alliance (SCA) to support a new and growing community committed to shipping ethical cargo, emission-free.

New Dawn Traders sell fine Caribbean Rum and Chocolate made from sail-shipped cargo, brought across the Atlantic by Fairtransport brigantine, Tres Hombres. On arrival, these delicacies are transformed by local artisans into New Dawn products. Through their products and events they are invigorating a new maritime culture around fair-transport ships, the goods they carry and the communities they support. Their journey is a symbolic one, which aims to continue the global movement of bringing food trade to a human scale and consumerism to a conscious level.



In 1997, nearly five million bits of Lego fell into the sea when a huge wave hit the container ship Tokio Express, washing 62 containers overboard.

The Lego Lost At Sea was created by British writer and beachcomber Tracey Williams, who first started to discover pieces of sea themed Lego on beaches around her family home in South Devon, England in the late 1990s. Lego lost at Sea is now based in Cornwall, where the shipwrecked Lego still washes up daily.

@ ?LegoLostAtSea


Showing Times

  • Wed 11 May: 7.30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix, Studio 74



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