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Examining a Logistical City
Reading Group

Bluecoat, Centre for the Contemporary Arts

January 30 - March 27, 2018


Historically, port cities have been sites for colonial expansion, producing globalized spaces and networks at an accelerated pace since the 19th century. Since then, the global political economy has expanded, contracted, and re expanded through a variety of mechanisms that have institutionalized capitalist social relations at a macro scale. The contemporary logistic city, characterized as sites with elaborate network infrastructures that permit the fluidity of goods and people, have become the material representation of a global economic liberalization project. 

Port to Port, a curatorial initiative founded by Sofia Bastidas and Guillermo León Gómez, will lead a monthly reading group, directing our critical attention to logistics at the port. Readings on labor, trade, logistics and network infrastructures will be surveyed and discussed.

Session 1: Infrastructure Space
Deborah Cowen, Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade - Introduction
Keller Easterling, Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft
Clare Lyster, Storage Flows: Logistics as Urban Choreography

Session 2: Extraction and Logistics
Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, Extraction, logistics, finance: Global crisis and the politics of operations
CENHS - Cultures of Energy Podcast, Ep. #84 – Ashley Carse
Carola Hein, Port Cities: Nodes in the Global Petroleumscape between Sea and Land

Session 3: Counterlogistics and Sabotage
Jasper Bernes, Logistics, Counterlogistics and the Communist Prospect
Evan Calder Williams, Manual Override