The Voyage of Nonsuch + Q&A

Using the BFI National Archive as its main location, The Voyage of Nonsuch is a poetic and beautifully shot essay film by artists Karen Mirza and Ruth Beale that explores the broader contexts of archives and libraries and reflects on the status of the films and books that exist within them. Their exploration also extends to language, architecture and the role of the ocean in the invisible processes of global capitalism. It contains gems from the archive, including: Soho (1980, Jan Mathew), a discussion of the female labour that is hidden in film labs and restaurants; Unseen Unsaid (1984), Gideon Koppel’s snappy, Godardian reflection on the mechanisms of cinema; and The Buried Film (1958, Alistair Sawrey-Cookson), the eccentric story of a celluloid time capsule and its fight against the tides of time and sea. Here the artists, in conversation with Curator William Fowler, discuss the genesis of the film and their collaborative practice.


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