Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Lottery of the Sea.

Allan Sekula's The Lottery of the Sea: A Screening and Discussion

'Shot in the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Japan and other maritime countries, Allan Sekula's epic video essay The Lottery of the Sea (2006) reflects on globalization and the sea. Sekula overlaps memories and stories of sailors, dockworkers and displaced populations together with references to movies and myths. The overarching frame for this complex work is Adam Smith's vision of maritime labour and trade as a form of gambling. The screening (179min) will be followed by a roundtable discussion on political aesthetics and the challenges of representing contemporary capitalism in its multiple and contradictory social and geographical dimensions'.

Followed by discussion with Gail Day (Leeds), Steve Edwards (Open University), David Mabb (Goldsmiths) and Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths). 1.00pm - 6.00pm, Saturday 17 October 2009, Small Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW.

Arranged by The Xenos research group at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths. If you wish to attend please contact Alberto Toscano (

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