tracing the opacity of global trade

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photo: Ivan Hrkaš / Maja Leo


Said to contain (STC) is the contract-term used by shipping companies to accept containers for transport without verifying their contents.

SAID TO CONTAIN: is also the title of a performative research project initiated by Laura Kalauz, Maja Leo and Bojan Djordjev in 2013 in collaboration with art collective Neue Dringlichkeit.

Piercing the opaque shell of global capitalism SAID TO CONTAIN: looks at how the production, consumption and flow of goods shape our way of being, thinking and living. In March and April 2016 the artists shipped themselves from Hamburg to Buenos Aires on a cargo ship, following the logistics supermachine for 24 days. During May and June 2016 SAID TO CONTAIN: set up a container in Zurich as an anchor for dialogue and collective production of knowledge: Thinking Public Sessions. Since 2016, SAID TO CONTAIN: is and has been organising several Thinking Public Sessions at different locations around Europe, Argentina and China

– La Darsena and Goethe Institut, BUENOS AIRES: Tryout-Showing (20.4.2016)
– ifa-Galerie, STUTTGART Thinking Public Session within „Politik des Teilens – Über kollektives Wissen“ exhibition (27.09.2016) and „New Narratives Festival“, (31.03. 2017)
– ETH ZURICH: Thinking Public Session within „TRAVELLERS“ lecture programme „Architecture of Territory“, Architekture department (31.10.2016)
– „Mine Yours Ours“ Festival, RIJEKA, Croatia (22 and 23.04. 2017)
– Mladi levi festival, LJUBLJANA (26 and 27.08.2017)
– Bitef festival BELGRADE (25 and 26. 09. 2017)
– Ming Contemporary Art Museum, SHANGHAI “Precariats’ Meeting” – video installation

– Ballhaus Ost, BERLIN (upcoming – May 2018)



By and with: Bojan Djordjev, Laura Kalauz, Paulina Kind, Christopher Kriese, Maja Leo, Rada Leu, Lisa Schröter, Stephan Stock & Miriam Walther Kohn

A collaboration of Nada Especial Tanz, neue Dringlichkeit (nD) & TKH-Walking Theory.

A coproduction of: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Theater der Künste (Zurich), Magacin Cultural Centre (Belgrade) and La Darsena (Buenos Aires)