'Portscapes' inaugural project: Filming of Jan Dibbets' "6 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective", Maasvlakte beach, 8 February 2009, Rotterdam


Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Freek van Arkel

On Sunday 8 February the inaugural 'Portscapes' project took place with the filming of '6 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective' by the Dutch Conceptual artist Jan Dibbets (1941). Originally filmed in February 1969 in 16mm and titled '12 Hours Tide Object...', the film was included in Gerry Schum's seminal 'Land Art' series of films screened that same year on German public TV. The new 2009 realisation was filmed 40 years later to the month on the beach of the Maasvlakte, an area that will soon be transformed with the construction of Maasvlakte 2. The resulting film will be presented in the Spring – details to follow.

With the collaboration of cameraman Fijko van Leeuwen, bulldozer driver Jan Vader and Jan Willem Stoof on the hydraulic platform, the set up and filming lasted six hours, from 7am to 1pm. Members of the press, Portscapes artists and invited guests witnessed the drawing of a isosceles trapezoid in the sand using a bulldozer – the shape will consequently appear as a square in the resultant film due to the angle of perspective. The incoming tide subsequently washed the shape away – see images below.

Selection of press articles (in Dutch):

* Rutger Pontzen, de Volkskrant, 8 February 2008
* Ruud van Haastrecht, Trouw, 9 February 2009
* Feature in Metropolis M, 9 February 2009
* NRC Handelsblad, 9 February 2009 (includes a photo slideshow by Vincent Mentzel)
* Schuttevaer, 9 February 2009

'Portscapes' is an accumulative series of art commissions taking place throughout 2009 alongside the construction of ‘Maasvlakte 2’, a 2,000 hectare area of reclaimed land that will extend the Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest seaport and industrial area by 20%. Projects of variable scales will be produced under the leitmotif itineraries and destinations comprising tours, performances, screenings and temporary sculptures or interventions, for example.

The artists currently developing projects & proposals are: Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Cyprien Gaillard, Ilana Halperin, Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer, Paulien Oltheten, Michael Rakowitz, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus and Jun Yang. More info...

'Portscapes' is commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority advised by SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam) and is curated by Latitudes.

Project information:


Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Freek van Arkel


Photo: Latitudes


Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Freek van Arkel


Photo: Latitudes


Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Freek van Arkel


Courtesy SKOR, Amsterdam. Photo: Paloma Polo


Photo: Latitudes


About Latitudes

Latitudes is a Barcelona-based [41º23’ N, 2º 11’ E] curatorial office founded in April 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna. Latitudes collaborates with artists and institutions in the conception, organisation and production of exhibitions, public commissions, conferences, editorial and research initiatives across local, pan-European and international situations. Latitudes is on the Editorial Board of The Bookmakers Ed.,Turin/Berlin and is a curatorial advisor for APT Intelligence.

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