Portscapes_Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller 'The Postpetrolistic Internationale'
The project by Swiss artists Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer emerges from the medium of the collective human voice, the tradition of the aspirational social anthem alongside the artists’ long standing interest in energy use. The project started with the transportation of a wooden stage along the Rhine from Basel (where the Rhine begins), near the artists’ home, to Rotterdam (where the Rhine joins the sea). Upon arrival a local choir performed this anthem of hope-in-action (composed by the artists in collaboration with musician Mathias Vette) on the stage, against a backdrop of local industry, to mark man’s changing relationship with fossil fuels and energy use.

The choir performances took place on the 7th and 8th November 2009 in Rotterdam's Haven Museum and in Maasvlakte respectively, the old and new ports which are roughly 40km appart.

Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer's participation has been made possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia.

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Making of video: www.youtube.com/user/LatitudesVideos#p/u/9/A7NaUtO-VJw

'Portscapes' is commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space) and is curated by Latitudes.

All images: Latitudes | www.lttds.org, some are courtesy SKOR / Photo: Paloma Polo, please check individual credits
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