There will be a program of short films exploring the visual geopolitics of oceans on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm.
Slought is pleased to announce Sea of Images, a program of short films that investigates the visual geopolitics of oceans. The program features works by artists and researchers including Forensic Oceanography, Emilija Škarnulytė, Ayesha Hameed, Filipa César and Louis Henderson that consider the connections between visual technologies of maritime surveillance, borders and migration, historical memory and witnessing. Organized in conjunction with the Concordia-Penn Graduate Student Conference Counterpublics, this program will launch Slought’s new Mediatheque space. The screening will be followed by an opening reception.
The works included in this program explore connections between optical apparatuses of surveillance, history and memory, violence and visibility, suggesting a series of overlapping questions: What is the forensic status of images? How have technologies of surveillance—from modern navigation and cartography through networked satellites and aperture radio—produced the sea, rather than merely representing it? How have they been deployed by mobile practices of maritime governance to police offshore borders? And how can they be repurposed to bear witness to the ocean’s subaltern stories? Defying traditional forms of temporality and historiography, these works develop new strategies of visual engagement from opacity and fugitivity to abstraction and op-art that help us interpret what Forensic Oceanography has called “liquid traces” of these counterpublic histories. Deploying film as an archeological and forensic method and as an insurgent practice, they articulate a submarine resistance to the dominant visual order of sovereignty at sea.