Portscapes, a series of ten new commissions in and around the Port of Rotterdam, throughout 2009
Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Paulien Oltheten, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus. Website: Maria Barnas (poetry) and Markus Miessen (interviews)
'Portscapes' was an evolving series of newly commissioned projects produced and presented throughout 2009 alongside the construction of Rotterdam's [51° 55' N 4° 29' E] Maasvlakte 2 (MV2) – an extension to Europe's largest seaport and industrial area which will be realised between 2008 and 2013 by reclaiming 2,000 hectare (see images here).
With the involvement of Dutch and international artists, 'Portscapes' considered the physical and conceptual implications of the new lands of Maasvlakte 2, as well as the city-port as a distributive network – a hub of exchange across different registers at once artistic, marine and mercantile.
'Portscapes' evolved around the leitmotif itineraries and destinations by creating events varied in size and scale such as temporary interventions, performances, film screenings, choir performances and site-specific audio tours, for example. Portscapes evolved as a cultural guidebook to the port area, focusing on the future and Maasvlakte 2. The 10 commissioned projects explored the material, historical, artistic, architectural, political, social, ecological pasts, presents and futures of the development as well as the ripe contexts of trade and energy.
Portscapes was commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam) and was curated by Latitudes (www.lttds.org).
'Making of' videos of the projects: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2E6FE0F52D8A7DCD&feat...