Installation image of Jetty SCOUR during A temporary admission at Gallery in the Round, 1820 Monument, Grahamstown. Image by Paul Greenway

4K format presented as an HD Video Installation
Shot on location at the Port Elizabeth Harbour

Jetty SCOUR suggests the surface markings and scrapings left on a ship or jetty during docking periods in harbours. Here is the present day ‘arrival’ of the human-transporter, a replicated 19th century cane-woven basket or ‘lift’ to a harbour in South Africa. The original would have been used off the coast of Algoa Bay in South Africa from 1890-1920 to lift colonial settlers to and from ships at sea before the development of harbours. Here BB works with the object as historical witness, to engage with contested sites and legacies linked to the arrival of her own ancestors, a British settler family, to that same bay in 1820. The film, whilst documenting a contemporary working harbour within the economy of international trade, marks this space and place with historical encryptions, the smallest tensions, that refuse a “blanking out” of history.

film stills from Jetty SCOUR


Vuyo Seti as Vuyo Seti
Lumka Mvuyesi as Lumka Mvuyesi
Capt. Brian Phipps as Capt. Brian Phipps
Andre Delport as Andre Delport
Sayinile Nxopho as Sayinile Nxopho

scenario / direction Bridget Baker
producer Nina Allchurch
cinematographer Manu Lapiere
focus puller / DIT Rusty Ruthven
camera assistant Chris Kritzinger

storyboard artist Gabi Alberts

grips / camera van driver David Maboya
sound recordist Glen Meyburgh
production assistant Devon Koen

runners Mvuyisi Tyiwani, William Siviwe Dinga, Sive Konkwana

Riggers on Jetty SCOUR Chez Lin-Brown, Martin Hunt

Supervision / Production and Post-production Clearwater, Johannesburg

editor Melissa Parry
colourist Kimberley Hobbs
sound mixer Peter Cornell
SFX artist Helene Itzkin

Special thanks to contributors

Carol Victor Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Library, Port Elizabeth
Dr. Melanie Hillebrand / Emma O’Brien Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
Jennie Bennie Consultant Historian / Maritime Archaeologist, Port Elizabeth
Jeremy Michell Historical Photographs and Ships Plans Manager, National Maritime Museum, London
Gillian Vernon Consultant Historian, East London

Ashton Botha Zeekela Traders Port Elizabeth Steel Fabrication
Braam Propeller Props

Capt. Brynn Adamson Harbourmaster, Transnet Ports Authority, Port Elizabeth Harbour
Martin Hunt / Alexander Freiwald MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping PTY LTD

Permissions and Technical
Ismail Mohamed / Nicci Spalding National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Additional support
Daniel Isherwood, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Derek White and Kim Stern

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Arts and Culture Trust
Transnet Ports Authority
Official BB Projects

Jetty SCOUR was filmed on location at Port Elizabeth Harbour (Transnet Ports Authority), South Africa, June 2014.
The original footage was shot on the RED ONE 4K.
It was produced for the solo exhibition A temporary admission by Bridget Baker, curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg at Gallery in the Round, 1820 Monument, the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 3-13 July 2014.