Portscapes_Paulien Oltheten
The public domain and human behaviour is the starting point for the work of Paulien Oltheten (1982), though she has described her approach as closer to that of an anthropologist rather than artist. With her still and video cameras, she generally searches with apparent casualness for moments when there is contact between people, objects and public space. For her Portscapes project, Oltheten was faced with the fact that the familiar frame of reference of natural elements existing in the Maasvlakte, such as trees, bushes and people, was almost completely lacking. Oltheten decided to make use of this alienation by arranging meetings with people. This resulted in a series of photographs and two short video pieces. These stagings mostly take place in locations on the Maasvlakte that will disappear or be displaced during the coming years. The photographs and videos are sometimes variations on the theme of ‘one becomes two’, referring to the Maasvlakte, of which there will later be two.

Paulien Oltheten's videos and photographs can also be seen until mid-November 2009 in and around Futureland, the Maasvlakte visitors’ centre. From there, visitors can set off with a route description to the locations on the Maasvlakte where other work can be seen.

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Making of video: www.youtube.com/user/LatitudesVideos#p/u/4/rb6eGG0nXmI

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