forgotten space / the sea as non-space

I hadn’t quite connected big box stores to container ships, and the idea of non-space and non-place,  til i came across this still.
Marc Augé writes about non-place in his eponymous book on Supermodernity , and Robert Smithson of course said it first (“non-site, the gallery as a kind of blank):

 

Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, still from The Forgotten Space (2010)

 

which is from the movie The Forgotten Space, whose promo text reads:

The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized 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. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

From Smithson’s writings:

Oblivion to me is a state when you’re not conscious of the time or space you are in. You’re oblivious to its limitations. Places without meaning, a kind of absent or pointless vanishing point.

Instead of putting something on the landscape, I decided it would be interesting to transfer the land indoors, to the Non-site, which is an abstract container.

http://socks-studio.com/2014/06/14/theory-of-non-sites-by-robert-smithson-1968/
http://interventions-arthouse.blogspot.fr/2011/11/robert-smithson-mapping-and-concept-of.html

Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, still from The Forgotten Space (2010)

 

Nature

This via Genevieve Hoffman, who snapped the pic at Printed Matter artist’s bookstore in NYC:

 

And this from my recent hike in Tent Rocks, New Mexico:

Erastus Salisbury Field

Garden of Eden, 1865

Garden of Eden, 1865

Garden of Eden, 1860

Garden of Eden, 1860

Stylish surgical masks by Yoriko Yoshida ::: Pink Tentacle

Stylish surgical masks by Yoriko Yoshida ::: Pink Tentacle.

Hands Free Cockpit Umbrella

Canon Pixma Sound Sculptures on Vimeo

Canon Pixma Sound Sculptures from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

Canon Pixma Sound Sculptures from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

SOMEONE should have a heyday doing a cultural analysis /slash/ mega deconstruction of this incredibly seductive work. It ain’t gonna be me, because I am way too busy nostologizing (tx Ruth Ozeki for the term).
I’m only sorry to see it so so briefly, and with its disappointing sales pitch tagline.

(via Josh Kleiner)