Launching 'Portscapes', a series of artists' projects around Maasvlakte 2, Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Portscapes' is an accumulative series of artists’ projects that will take 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. Projects of
variable scales will be experienced through itineraries and destinations, comprising artist-designed tours, performances, interventions, screenings and mobile seminars, for example. Further reading...
'Portscapes' will be launched during Art Rotterdam (5–8 February). A prologue publication designed by Ben Laloua / Didier Pascal will be available at Portscapes' booth with contributions by Jorge Satorre, Paulien Oltheten, Maria Barnas and Erick Wesselo amongst others.
On Thursday 5 February there will be a tour for press and invited guests around the port and presentations by Portscapes artists Marjolijn Dijkman and Ilana Halperin as well as Theo Tegelaers from SKOR and Latitudes.
On Sunday 8 February the inaugural 'Portscapes' project will take place with the filming of an event-sculpture by the Dutch Conceptual artist Jan Dibbets. First realised in February 1969 as part of Gerry Schum's seminal 'Land Art' series of films screened on German TV, the new 2009 realisation of '12 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective' will be filmed forty years later to the month on the beach of the Maasvlakte.
The artists currently developing projects & proposals are: 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.
'Portscapes' is commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority advised by SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space) and is curated by Latitudes.
Art Rotterdam (5–8 February) takes place at the Cruise Terminal in Wilheminakade 699, 3072 AP Rotterdam (MAP). Opening hours: Thursday 5 & Friday 6: 13–18h; Saturday 7 & Sunday 8: 11–19h
Project information and updates: www.portscapes.com (online in February)