The Territorial Sea

Forensic Oceanography, Taus Makhacheva, Francisco Rodríguez

1 December 2018, 3.15pm
Document Film Festival 2018 (Gold Room, Scottish Youth Theatre)
£0–8 (sliding scale), ticketed via Document Film Festival

Francisco Rodríguez, Una Luna de Hierro, 2018. Courtesy of Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing.

The Territorial Sea is a programme of recent moving image featuring stories of struggle from sovereign waters. Works by Forensic Oceanography, Taus Makhacheva and Francisco Rodríguez document tragic maritime passages, variously pointing to the cultures of neglect, spectacle and cruelty which permit ongoing catastrophe. Mapping the geopolitics of water through re-enactment, surveillance analysis, and oral history, these short films build a portrait of the sea: parts deadly and sublime. Twelve nautical miles from the baseline of a coastal state, the territorial sea is a drifting stage for violent border policy and humanitarian crises.

The Territorial Sea is curated by Marcus Jack, director of Transit Arts, with thanks to Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing; narrative projects, London; and Forensic Architecture.


︎Forensic Oceanography, Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat, 2014. HD video, 18 min.
︎Taus Makhacheva, Baida, 2017. HD video, 16 min.
︎Francisco Rodríguez, Una luna de hierro (A Moon Made of Iron), 2018. 16mm transferred to digital, 28 min.