Newsletter #17 · November 2009


'Portscapes' News: Bus tour around the Port of Rotterdam, Sunday 8 November 2009, 10–15h, organised by SKOR and the Port Authority Rotterdam coinciding with the 4th International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam

Presentation of two new 'Portscapes' projects: performance by the Swiss artists Roman Keller y Christina Hemauer and the publication of the guide 'Wastelands of the Port of Rotterdam' by Lara Almarcegui. During the tour visitors will be able to see and listen to other 'Portscapes' projects by Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus and Paulien Oltheten.

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Bookings: write to [email protected] by 2 November 2009

Free tour. English spoken

A summary of Portscapes' projects will be presented at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam from 5 February 2010.


10.00 am – 
Leave from NAI Rotterdam, Museumpark 25 3015 CB, Rotterdam

On the way to the port you can listen to interviews on headphones in the bus. Amongst others, Hans Aarsman, an industrial ecologist, a botanist and an archaeologist, will describe his vision of the Maasvlakte on the basis of his field of expertise. The artistic duo FGA broadcast this and other conversations from a temporary web radio station in a container united placed on the Maasvlakte between 21 August and 21 September.

10.45 am – Visit to wastelands by artist Lara Almarcegui and botanist Remko Andeweg
The Spanish-born Rotterdam-based artist Lara Almarcegui has published a free newspaper research project concerning the ‘wasteland’ areas which can be encountered throughout the Port of Rotterdam. In contrast to the vast planning involved in Maasvlakte 2, she is interested in the spaces which are defined by an apparent lack of human design and development, which in turn relate historical legacies and changing land-use practices. The public experiences the port as an interconnected territory through self-determined tours as well as a botany excursion to selected sites. The artist wishes that the project “will act as a tool for knowing the port better. To know these places is another way of seeing how the territory is changing. In the future when most of these terrains will be developed or changed, the guide will remain as a document of how the harbour was in 2009.”

12.00 am – Arrival at Futureland, the Maasvlakte information centre
On the way we pass the billboards of the artists Marjolijn Dijkman, Jorge Satorre, Paulien Oltheten and Hans Schabus.

Lunch in Futureland, provided by the Rotterdam Port Authority

Presentation by Latitudes, the curators of Portscapes

1.00 pm – 
Tour of the artworks in and around Futureland
You can view work by Paulien Oltheten and Hans Schabus and explore the nearby area picking up Ilana Halperin’s audio tour. Halperin created a compelling narrative of fragments which draws on fact, fiction and personal fieldwork – as well as site surveys by volcanologists, geologists and the experts involved in the construction of Maasvlakte 2.

1.30 pm – Performance '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 starts 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 will perform 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.

2 pm. – Return to NAI Rotterdam with a number of stops at various art projects along the way: wastelands by Lara Almarcegui and works by Paulien Oltheten

3 pm – 
Arrival in NAI Rotterdam. End of the journey


'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, audioguides, performances, radio programmes, interventions, for example. + info...

Artists involved: Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Cyprien Gaillard, Ilana Halperin, Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer, Paulien Oltheten, Michael Rakowitz, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus and Jun Yang. Website collaborators: Maria Barnas (poetry) and Markus Miessen (interviews).

Read more on completed projects and on projects in production.
Press coverage here.

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


'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.


Seminar 'The evolving relationships between artists, the changing climate and new responsibilities', Thursday 26 November, Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, UK

Hinterland will be inviting specialists in the field of commissioning temporary site-specific art to present their practice. Alongside informal discussions with artists currently engaged in commissions for Hinterland, this one day event will question the responsibilities of artists when creating work in the public realm. Biographies of the speakers here. + info...

Location: Broadway Media Centre, Broad Street, NG1 3AL Nottingham, UK
Bookings: Contact Broadway Box Office, Tel. 0115 952 6611 or book online
Tickets: £12.50, £7 conc. Complimentary tickets available for press


Ignasi Aballí's exhibition catalogue 'Nothing, or Something' out and available via Suitcase Art Projects website

The catalogue – see images here – follows his recent exhibition at the SUITCASE Art projects space run by Beijing's Today Art Museum located at the Yintai Center, which took place between 22 May and 22 July this year. The catalogue includes an essay by exhibition curators Latitudes as well as numerous installation images of the project which spreads throughout eight window displays in three floors. Aballí's project responded to the retail context of the commercial center as well as an artistic history of absence, nothingness and invisibility.

'Nothing, or Something', softcover, 88 pages, 21 x 14,5cm, colour. Essay by Latitudes. English/Chinese.
Publisher: Today Art Museum


Publication of the exhibition catalogue 'Sharjah Biennial 8. Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change (Part II)' (2007)

The Sharjah Biennial 8 has recently published the second part of the exhibition catalogue – see inside here – titled 'Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change (Part II)' which includes installation shots of the 2007 exhibition as well as transcripts of the 3-day conference Latitudes organised in collaboration with the Royal Society of Art's Arts & Ecology programme back in April 2007 (+ info...).

568 pages, 23,3 x 16,5 cm, softcover; English/Arab.
Publisher: Sharjah Biennial; ISBN 978-9948-04-328-6 Part II


Latitudes in Kult Magazine (#10, October 2009)

Milan-based Kult Magazine has published in their October 2009 issue an article on art and ecology written by art critic and curator Daniele Perra. Amongst interviews and current exhibition profiles, Perra mentioned Latitudes' ecology-related projects such as the 'Greenwashing. Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities...' exhibition at the Fondazione Sandretto in Turin in 2008, the guest-edition of UOVO #14 in 2007 and the publication 'Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook' in 2006.


The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Latitudes in MOUSSE magazine (#20 September 2009)

Two Latitudes' collaborations are mentioned in the interview between art critic and curator Cecilia Alemani and the Brooklyn-based artist group The Bruce High Quality Foundation: the temporary office space created for our participation in the 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' that took place last June at X Initiative in New York and the work presented in the group show 'Greenwashing. Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities', Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, February-May 2008.


About Latitudes

Latitudes is a Barcelona-based [41º23’ N, 2º 11’ E] independent curatorial office initiated 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 Archive Books (formerly The Bookmakers Ed.),Turin/Berlin and is a curatorial advisor for APT Intelligence. + info...

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