Newsletter #19 – January 2010


Graphic identity of the project by Ben Laloua/Didier Pascal

'Portscapes' exhibition, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 30 January – 25 April 2010. Reception: 5 February, 8pm. 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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Where: Serra Hall in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | Museumpark 20 | 3015 CX Rotterdam, Netherlands | Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11–17h | Free entrance to the exhibition

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, 'Facts on the Ground' (2009–10) and 'Surviving New Land' (2009–10) respectively, 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

Following images of the 10 projects, many more on flickr!


Lara Almarcegui 'A Guide to the Wastelands of the Port of Rotterdam' (2009). Photo: Latitudes


Bik van der Pol, still of the film 'Facts on the Ground' (2009–10). Photo: Bik van der Pol


Jan Dibbets, Production of the film '6 Hours Tide Object With Correction of Perspective' (2009). Photo: Freek van Aarkel


Marjolijn Dijkman, 'Here be dragons' (2009), image presented on a billboard. The second part of her project 'Surviving New Island', 2009–10, will be premiered during the exhibition


Fucking Good Art / Rob Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma 'Portscapes_ON AIR / Station Maasvlakte' (2009). Photo: FGA


Ilana Halperin, 'A Brief History of Mobile Landmass' (2009–10), audioguide. Photo: Chantal Karnaat


Paulien Oltheten, Great if two pairs of legs are synchronized for a moment, (2009). Photo: Ben Wind


Christina Hemauer y Roman Keller, performance musical 'The Postpetrolistic Internationale' (2009–10). Foto: Paloma Polo / SKOR


Jorge Satorre, 'The Erratic. Measuring Compensation', preparatory drawing (2009–10)


Hans Schabus, 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009' (2009) (c) the artist


'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 in the press

'De profesión, comisario' by Teresa Sesé, La Vanguardia, 2 January 2010, pp. 38-39.

Includes quotes by Rafael Doctor, Chus Martínez, Rosa Martínez, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Tania Pardo, Valentín Roma and Latitudes.

Read full article here (in Spanish)


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,Turin/Berlin and is a curatorial advisor for APT Intelligence. + info...

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