Newsletter #14 · July 2009


Hans Schabus, 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 Juni 2009'. Copyright of the artist. Photo: Freek van Arkel

Two new 'Portscapes' projects: production of Hans Schabus' 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 Juni 2009' and premiere of Jan Dibbets film as part of the series of newly commissioned projects taking place throughout 2009 in and around Maasvlakte 2 – the extension of the Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Hans Schabus’ project for Portscapes is the next chapter in his ongoing series of ‘arrival photographs’ featuring the sailing boat Forlorn. The artist produced a new photograph which can be seen on a roadside 5 x 9 metre billboard on the way to Maasvlakte and is also distributed as a postcard. A presentation of Forlorn, the film ‘Western’ (2002), a series of photographs and the postcard will be on view at Futureland until 15 August.

In the new image 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 Juni 2009' (see above), a sailor navigates towards the huge container terminals of the Port of Rotterdam and a vast cargo ship. Drifting at a point which will become the new entrance to Maasvlakte 2, the simplest of water vehicles and a single man appear in stark contrast to an overwhelmingly modern manifestation of seafaring trade. Despite the speed, scale and efficiency of the port, the image seems to indicate that on a human scale the vastness of maritime space nevertheless remains a vulnerable and mythologically rich territory. See video of the 'Making of' here

The premiere of Jan Dibbets' film '6 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective' took place in Futureland (visitors centre of Maasvlakte 2) on 14 June (repeated on Sunday 21 June, Sunday 28 June and Sunday 5 July at 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30 and at 15.00 with a special screening preceded by the 'The Making of...'), and was also presented at Latitudes' temporary office in New York during the festival for independent organisations 'NO SOUL FOR SALE - A Festival of Independents' (24–28 June).

Portscapes is an accumulative series of public commissions that evolves as a cultural guidebook to the Port of Rotterdam area, focusing on the future and Maasvlakte 2 – the 2,000 hectare extension of Europe's largest seaport and industrial area. + 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

'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.


Latitudes' temporary bureau / drop in center during 'NO SOUL FOR SALE – A Festival of Independents'

RECENTLY: Participation in 'NO SOUL FOR SALE – A Festival of Independents', organised by X, New York, 24–28 June 2009

Transposing its daily operations from Barcelona to X (former Dia Center) on 22nd Street Latitudes presented its recent publications, project-related paraphernalia and documentation.

The office ‘scenario’ was conceived by the artist group The Bruce High Quality Foundation,
incorporating dining furniture from the abandoned 1983 Burger King from Governors Island, where they have recently filmed 'Isle of the Dead' (2009). (+ info...)

Links to press coverage here. More images of the installation here and here.

Latitudes participation was partly supported by the Institut Ramon Llull


Installation view of the exhibition (background left: Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick; right: Leslie Hewitt & Matt Keegan and foreground: Infinite Library (Daniel Gustav Cramer & Haris Epaminonda). Photo: Latitudes

LAST DAYS: 'The Garden of Forking Paths', Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, until 18 July 2009


Artists: Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick; The Infinite Library (Daniel Gustav Cramer & Haris Epaminonda); huber.huber; Leslie Hewitt & Matt Keegan and Nashashibi/Skaer

The Garden of Forking Paths brings together the work of five artist-duos to consider duality, simultaneity, saturation and proliferation. The exhibition pursues, on the one hand, the implications of two individuals working together as a single author-function and, on the other, operates alongside artwork concerned with the reproducibility of images. + info...

MAISTERRAVALBUENA | Doctor Fourquet 1, 28012 Madrid

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-14;15.30-19.30
Sat 10-18pm



Visitors looking at Ignasi Aballí's 'Scenic Viewpoints' (2009). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Latitudes

LAST DAYS: 'Nothing, or something' a new commission by Ignasi Aballí for Suitcase Art Projects, Beijing, China, until 22 July 2009


Ignasi Aballí's new project for the eight windows of SUITCASE Art Projects responds to the retail context of the Yintai Centre as well as an artistic history of absence, nothingness and invisibility.

A publication with installation images and an essay by Latitudes will soon be available. For further information please check the web of Suitcase Art Projects.

'Nothing, or something' is organised by the Today Art Museum under the artistic direction of curator Carol Yinghua Lu. + info...

SUITCASE Art Projects | Park Life, Beijing Yintai Centre, No. 2 Jianwai Dajie | Chaoyang District, Beijing, CHINA | Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am–10pm

With the generous support of Institut Ramon Llull, Shanghai Tang and BTicino.


Installation view of Jordi Mitjà's 'Floating Lines' (2009) at 'Provenances'. Photo: Latitudes

ONGOING: 'Provenances', with three new projects by Erick Beltrán, Jordi Mitjà and Simon Fujiwara, Umberto di Marino Arte Contemporanea, 14 May–14 September 2009


This exhibition reflects on the heritage industry and the museumification of history, as well as the creation, transmission and fidelity of cultural worth. The artists share an aesthetic and pragmatic concern with the principle of the personal archive or the pre-museal wunderkammer – the categorization and veracity of objects, images and words is always provisional. + info...

UMBERTO DI MARINO | Via Alabardieri 1, Piazza dei Martiri | 80121 Napoli, ITALIA
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 15–20h (August closed)

With the generous support of the Institut Ramon Llull


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 Archive Books (former The Bookmakers Ed.),Turin/Berlin and is a curatorial advisor for APT Intelligence. + info...

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