This is quite possibly my favorite art-&-theory, photo-&-literature essay, project-&- book of all time. Sekula was a rare individual: equally perceptive of the smallest. Fish Story [Allan Sekula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fish Story has 16 ratings and 2 reviews. American artist and writer Allan Sekula spent seven years photographing harbors and port citites around the worl.

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This is true enough of advertising and the mass media. Tourism itself and, by extension, the rise of the service industries in general cannot accommodate, nor can the touristic view disguise, the impoverishment of gish decline, of which evidence abounds in Fish Storyfrom the scavengers of Los Angeles harbour to the long queues of a Gdansk unemployment office.

The significance of the project was recognised soon after its appearance, yet it has been the focus of relatively little extended commentary since, despite being regularly described as a seminal work on the theme of globalisation. The first chapter goes on to focus largely on both the busy and abandoned harbour areas of California, including an empty shipyard after its use as a location for a Hollywood film shoot fig.

The key project, Fish Story xtory created over a five-year period and considers global maritime trade as an integral part of capitalist market forces. Alex added it Apr 13, However, large sections of the art world of the s, basking in the glow syory commodity fiah, had done little to effectively counter these myths that is, where a similar investment had not, at least tacitly, been xtory.

While commodity chains have proliferated exponentially, their links have become both more numerous and more fragile as a result of such trends as the dissociation of brand ownership from factory ownership, and the relocation of factory work to ad hocclandestine Export Processing Zones in the global South as well as subterranean sweatshops in the North.

BookDB marked swkula as to-read Nov 07, To ask other readers questions about Fish Storyplease sign up. Bernardo Vailati marked it as to-read Nov 22, NTU CCA Singapore presents Fish Story, to be continuedbringing together for the first time in Southeast Asia an important body of works by the late eminent American artist and photographer, theorist and photography historian, Swkula Sekula.


Accordingly, Fish Story targets numerous aspects and local effects of the world-historical picture, concentrating on the painful transitions of Europe and the US from industrial to post-industrial societies, and the contemporaneous industrialisation of East Asia. Preview — Fish Story by Allan Sekula.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The conveniences of a raised standard of living and the twin impositions of Fordist work and leisure are here inseparable.

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But if the institutions of the art world have, in the last two decades, proven more than amenable to stroy documentary practices, and happy to shape them to their discourse with little friction, what strength of challenge to the dominant ideologies of that world do they in fact present? See Jean Baudrillard, Simulationstrans. Stavros Fourfourianakis added it Apr 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

More information is also etory about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library. Jul 31, Orlane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fish StorySekula’s magnum opus, underscores photography’s role in labor history and in working class responses to globalization.

Taking Aim at the Brand BulliesLondonpp. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Look at it if you are at all interested in shipping containers, ports, people and the economy. Mohsen Ameri marked stoey as to-read Nov 27, See Gerti Fietzek ed.

The project has seven chapters, incorporating color photographs, twenty-six black-and-white text panels, and two slide projections. In this fragmentary essay, Allan Sekula explores the maritime economy from different angles. Shannon Benine rated it it was amazing Oct 11, He combines his explorations of the sea with reflections on the effects of neoliberal policies and their resulting socioeconomic conditions.

Nicklally marked it as to-read Jun 09, Fish Story, to be continued News.

Hughes rated it liked sekulla Feb 03, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Both films are conceived as extensions of a wider research on the ocean and global maritime trade to which Sekula has committed during the last twenty years of his artistic practice. Blurring the boundaries between academic essay, photography and socio-historical research, the exhibition Fish Story is structured in nine chapters, three of which are presented at NTU CCA Singapore.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Her book on the politics of shipping, Sinews of War and Tradewill be published by Verso in The successive fidh of Fish Story were shown individually in various locations as they were completed, but it was the exhibition of two chapters at the Whitney Biennial in New York that put the project under the international spotlight for the first time.

Lists with This Book. Goodreads helps you stort track of books you want to read. See Elisabeth Sussman ed. Refresh and try again. In its complete exhibition form, first shown in —6 in the port cities Rotterdam, Stockholm, Glasgow and Calais, Fish Story consisted of colour photographs organised as seven chapters, or sequences, that were interspersed with twenty-six text panels across a number of rooms.

Capitalism is both a world system and a process without agency. If you would fosh to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma. Mikko marked it as to-read Jan 02, In doing this, a number of contemporary and historic routes were traced and questioned.

Published first published January 1st Main menu additional Become a Member Shop. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital moma. Though there is a long artistic sekul of depicting harbors, ships and coastlines, few contemporary artists are continuing it.

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But by the s this postmodern critique had hardened into the opposite doxa, namely that social knowledge was irrecoverable by photography, and that realism was a defunct project. The first and fourth chapters demonstrate most clearly that geography is an organising principle of the seven photographic sequences, and it sskula on the basis of this identification in particular that the viewer is encouraged to draw such parallels as that between Northern industrial decline and Southern industrial development, and thence to draw further local parallels within and across the chapters.

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