COLONIAL SEDIMENTS




Video co-produced with Shestakova S. Main page is based on the shot from this video.


Intermodal terminals are transitional spaces of logistics. In these spaces, a container is situated neither here nor there: neither in the place of dispatch nor in the destination point. Since capitalism and transatlantic slavery set the world in motion, “neither here nor there” have become a global state of moving colonial projects. Such a state is simultaneously producing localities - “neither here nor there” is settling as pungent dust in the lungs of human and non-human animals. Acrid dust is impossible to grasp through the slick surface of the globalised world unless one is looking at the connections that bring this world together. Logistical connections cannot function without friction, and the materiality of such frictions reveals itself in the analysis of logistics.


Logistical chains are arteries that facilitate the flow of capital and state violence. Logistics as an entry point for dissection of the colonial project reveals not only its scale but also its connections - ones that are usually hidden behind the substitution of political restrictions by technical constraints. One such “mechanical” restraint is the impossibility to breathe as the only available state for the residents of Nakhodka, a port city in Russia. Intermodal terminals in Nakhodka work through open coal transportation. Openness, in this case, states for the lack of any barriers that would contain coal dust that transportation makes bleed in the surrounding environment. New logistical chains have accelerated the coal transportation, exceeding the capacities of the infrastructure and leading to ecological collapse. The “Colonial Sediments” video investigates the infrastructure of intermodal terminals in Nakhodka as one of the colonial violence and decolonial resistance. It functions as an entry point for the platform “Intermodal Terminal” that seeks to interrogate the colonial logistics of the Post-Soviet space.