Events — Mar 25, 2022

Films door Louis  Lumière, Rebecca Meyers, Francisco Rodriguez, Hira Nabi, Noriaki Tsuchimoto

Valid museum ticket + €3
Teijin Auditorium
Mar 25, 2022, 11 am until 5 pm
Main language

Erika Balsom: “Fluid Labours”

The films of Fluid Labours conceive of the sea not as an empty space but as an inhabited realm that is a site of work, contingency and relationality, as well as a place of fraught encounter between the human and other-than-human. Beginning in 1895, at the birth of cinema, and extending into the present, this selection explores how nonfiction filmmakers have mobilised diverse strategies to represent the myriad forms of labour that take place on the water. They bear many messages – messages of fantasy and necessity, exploit and exploitation, tradition and modernity, life and death.

Films and/or introductions by: Louis Lumière, Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Ricardo Matos Cabo, Rebecca Meyers, Francisco Rodriquez, Hira Nabi

Erika Balsom is Reader  in Film Studies at Kings College London. She is the author of four books including TEN SKIES  (2021), An Oceanic Feeling: Cinema and the Sea (2018) and After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation  (2017), and the co-editor of Artists’Moving Image in Britain Since 1989  (2019) and Documentary Across Disciplines  (2016). Alongside her academic work, she regularly writes criticism for publications including  Artforum, 4 Columns and Cinema Scope.  She was the co-curator of the film programme Shoreline Movements for the 2020 Taipei Biennial and the exhibition Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines, currently on view at the Stavanger Kunsthall. In 2018, she was awarded a Leverhulme Prize and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Erika Balsom


“Oceanic Imaginaries” conceives the oceans as sensors that feel, create and connect. From an ecological point of view, the oceans are 'critical zones' that require radical changes in our thinking and acting. They are also dark archives filled with suppressed stories of transatlantic trade in enslaved people or boat refugees in the Mediterranean. However, the oceans can also be experienced as immersive spaces of affect and liberation in which new forms of life can emerge. How can we liquefy our ways of being? How can we think from and with the ocean?