Portscapes_Jorge Satorre
Jorge Satorre, 'The Erratic. Measuring compensation', 2009-10. Courtesy: the artist

During Satorre’s three month residence in Rotterdam as part of Portscapes, he was searching for, and eventually located, a large boulder – specifically one of the giant rocks known as ‘erratics’ which were carried by glaciers into the Netherlands from Scandinavia during the last Ice Age. Following the artist’s fascination with the environmental compensation practices being instigated alongside the construction of Maasvlakte 2, his project consists of returning the rock to where it once came from in Sweden – an act of synthetic restitution and transnational sculptural offsetting. Satorre’s reverse geological gesture furthermore mirrors the monumental construction of the Maasvlakte 2 as a sculpting of land-form which, like the action of ice but in a far shorter time, is fundamentally altering the morphology of the Netherlands. The artists offers an account of the process through drawings, photographs and collages which incorporate both actual and imagined details, like a storyboard.

Related files:
www.portscapes.nl/eng/jorge-satorre
www.youtube.com/user/LatitudesVideos#p/u/10/cGm2TWLCuwc (Making of video)

Portscapes is a series of art projects commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amterdam) and is curated by Latitudes.
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