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
Project website: www.portscapes.nl
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).
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.