Newsletter #18 – December 2009


Portscapes graphic identity by Ben Laloua / Didier Pascal


'Portscapes' exhibition, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 5 February – 25 April 2010. Free entrance.

The opening will coincide with Art Rotterdam (4–7 February 2010) and 'Divided Divided' a solo show by Carsten Höller also on view at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen from 5 February

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The exhibition 'Portscapes' will present works by 10 artists commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam throughout 2009, on the occasion of the beginning of the construction of Maasvlakte 2, the 2,000 hectare land reclamation project to extend Rotterdam's port, Europe's largest seaport and industrial area. 'Portscapes' has involved new projects of various scales under the leitmotif itineraries and destinationsartist-led tours, film screenings, billboards and the production of film and photographic works, audio-guides, radio broadcast and field guides (+ info...)

The exhibition will include works by Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Paulien Oltheten, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus, as well as work by the website collaborators Maria Barnas (poetry) and Markus Miessen (interviews).

The film projects by Rotterdam-based artists Bik van der Pol and Marjolijn Dijkman will be premiered coincinding with the exhibition.

A catalogue and a special-edition catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition – the latter containing supplementary material including filmed interviews with the artists as well as the DVD of '6 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective' (2009), the film produced by Jan Dibbets for 'Portscapes'.

Exhibition curated by Latitudes in collaboration with SKOR


[MAY 2009] Two vessels 'rainbowing' sand 3km offshore from the present coastline to build Maasvlakte 2. Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Eric Bakker


[JUNE 2009] Workers and bulldozers arrive at the island. Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Ben Wind


[JULY 2009] Various vessels working 24/7 to build a banana-shaped island 3km away from the Dutch coast. Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Aero Camera, Michel Hofmeester


[NOVEMBER 2009] The 'E'-shaped new port is visible and has been linked to the existing coastline. Courtesy Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Aero Camera, Michel Hofmeester


'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.


Maasvlakte (2009). Photo: Marjolijn Dijkman

Latitudes interviews Dutch artist Marjolijn Dijkman, Danish magazine SUM #5, December 2009

In the forthcoming issue of SUM, Latitudes talks to Rotterdam and Saint Mihiel-based artist Marjolijn Dijkman (1978) about visions of the Earth, cartography, image categorisation, representations of the future and new lands.

Marjolijn Dijkman is one of the artists involved in the year-long commissioning series 'Portscapes' whose film 'Here Be Dragons' (2009–10) will be premiered in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen exhibition, opening on the 5th February.

SUM magazine is published twice a year in English/Danish by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Schools of Visual Arts.


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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