INTERMODAL //

Cruse’s video essay combines sourced and computer generated material in order to examine the shipping container within a global and capitalist framework.  In what way is a shipping container, a ubiquitous and nondescript object used in the transfer of consumer goods, also an integral part of shadow capital, insourcing and outsourcing, as well a receptacle and conduit of information?  Cruse takes a closer at these questions and more in her video essay below.


Works Cited

AT&T Business Portfolio. “Internet of Things.” Accessed October 14, 2016. https://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Portfolio/internet-of-things/.

“GA Designs Radical Shipping Container Skyscraper for Mumbai Slum.” Last modified August 24, 2015. http://www.archdaily.com/772414/ga-designs-radical-shipping-container-skyscraper-for-mumbai-slum.

“Hanjin’s Ghost Ships Seek Haven.” Last modified September 7, 2016. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016–09–07/hanjin-s-ghost-ships-seek-haven.

Keating, Joshua. “The Shipping Noose.” Last modified September 8, 2016. http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2016/09/hanjin_s_bankruptcy_has_its_cargo_ships_unable_to_dock_is_global_shipping.html.

Noonan, Tim. “Ship Breakers of Bangladesh.” Last modified July 15, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhIaEEW63Sc.

“Overview for 720 2nd St.” Accessed October 22, 2016. http://commercial-real-estate.findthedata.com/l/643338/720–2nd-St-Oakland-CA–94607.

Pelaez, Vicky. “The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?” Last modified March 10, 2008. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289.


alex cruse is an Oakland-based writer, artist, and educator. Her work explores interactions between systems of media, surveillance, politics, and the built environment. Her first book of poetry, CONTRAVERSE, is forthcoming in 2017 from Timeless, Infinite Light.