As UK-based artists, Delta Arts wish to make contact with people who work with container shipping anywhere in the world. We want your photos of working life on and around container ships. We welcome anything from a phone selfie to skilled photography. We would like to hear from people of any level of seniority and experience.
We know that billions of people around the world rely on maritime containerised trade routes. Common estimates suggest about 90 percent of the non-bulk cargo being transported worldwide is moved via container shipping. We are interested in the human element of this system, often invisible to the public, on whom it depends.
We would love you to show us, and tell us with a comment, the parts of container shipping the public may not think of. For instance, how do you spend your down-time? What are the jobs that can’t be automated? What are the human components of this globalised chain?
Please email your photos and comments, with your name, job, location and ship (if relevant) to: oliver[at]delta-arts.co.uk
The photos and comments we receive may be used in a small e-book which we plan to produce as an artwork and distribute for free online. We won’t sell your images or any design using them. We will take your submission as consent for us to use it in the design and to credit your name. If you don’t want your name to be credited just let us know when you send us your image. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
MAP Office, Disputed, 2014
Disputed responds to numerous recent escalations in island disputes around the world. These islands are much more than small, uninhabited rocks lost in the ocean. With the exhaustion of natural resources, territorial waters are becoming a precious extension of land, explaining countries’ often-violent fights to claim them.
Adrian Paci tells the story of The Column, 2013, a video installation specially created for his exhibition « Lives in Transit » at Jeu de Paume, accompanied by a marble column presented in the Jardin des Tuileries to the right of the entrance. The Column is a reflection about the speed with which supply and demand have to be satisfied in today’s economy. A pretext for a poetic voyage between East and West, Paci’s video shows the transformation undergone by a piece of marble from its extraction from a quarry to the long weeks of transport by sea, during which sculptors make it into a Romanesque column.
See also: ‘Watch a Column Emerge From a Block of Marble During an Ocean Voyage’
MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (1969, Saint-Étienne, France). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space.
Crew Libraries – The Marine Society
“Our mission is to ensure that seafarers get their hands on the books they want, quickly and cheaply. And we’re equally committed to providing services to lone seafarers as to crews.”