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Two 'Portscapes' films presented in 'Scenographies', an exhibition at SMBA in Amsterdam

Still from Marjolijn Dijkman's "Surviving New Land" (2009). 
Courtesy of the artist and SKOR | Foundation for Art in Public Space.
 
Two of the films produced for 'Portscapes', the year-long programme of public art projects in the Port of Rotterdam curated by Latitudes back in 2009, are currently screened as part of the exhibition 'Scenographies'. The show, curated by Clare Butcher for SMBA Amsterdam, is "a dynamic exhibition programme based around the archive of SKOR | Foundation for Art in Public Space." On view until 16 November 2013, artists and artists' collectives will approach the legacy of SKOR, the former institution that realized more than a thousand projects in public space in the Netherlands over the past three decades.

The selected films are those by Dutch artists Jan Dibbets ("6 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective", watch the making of part 1 and part 2), and Marjolijn Dijkman's "Surviving New Land" (watch a low res view here), and are screened between 3-16 October as part of the larger film programme "Constructed Sceneries" curated by High& Low Bureau (Yael Messer and Gilad Reich).

On Saturday 3 October at 8pm, High& Low Bureau will talk about their practice in relation to the subjects in the film programme. They will be joint by 'Scenographies' curator, Clare Butcher.

+ info:
Photos of Jan Dibbets' film here
Photos of Marjolijn Dijkman film here.
Info on the exhibition 'Scenographies', here (as a pdf)
Portscapes website.

 Production of '6 Hours of Tide Object with Correction of Perspective' (2009) by Jan Dibbets. Photo: Paloma Polo / SKOR.

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Installation views of the 'Portscapes' exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, on view until 25 April. Free entrance.

View of the outside of the Richard Serra Hall / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

(Above and below) Ilana Halperin, "A Brief History of Mobile Landmass", 2009–2010.


Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, "The Postpetrolistic Internationale", 2009–2010
Video and audio installation with wooden stage.
 General view of the exhibition.
Bik Van der Pol, "Facts on the Ground", 2010. Video. Duration: 23 min.

Exhibition of the documentation material produced during the year-long commissioning series of works in and around Rotterdam's port extension project Maasvlakte 2, with 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, and Hans Schabus (website collaborators: Maria Barnas (poetry) and Markus Miessen (interviews)).


On view at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen until 25 April. Entrance free.

More images of the exhibition here.
More images of each commission here.
'Making of' videos here.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11.00 to 17.00

All images: Latitudes | www.lttds.org

'Portscapes' "making of" videos on Latitudes' YouTube Channel




We just opened a Latitudes' YouTube Channel with ten 'behind the scenes' videos from 'Portscapes', the evolving series of art projects presented and produced throughout 2009 in and around the port of Rotterdam. The videos present short interviews with the artists (Lara Almarcegui, Jan Dibbets (part 1 and part 2), Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Paulien Oltheten, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus) and an introduction to the project by SKOR curator Theo Tegelaers and Ria Haagsma, Senior Communications advisor of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Latitudes' YouTube Channel also includes documentation of an action with Lawrence Weiner in the context of his 2008 Fundació Suñol exhibition 'THE CREST OF A WAVE' as well as Ignasi Aballí whitewashing a window for his exhibition 'Something, or nothing' in the Suitcase Art Projects, Beijing.

Images of SUM#5 magazine featuring an interview with Marjolijn Dijkman

SUM# 05 magazine for contemporary art, December 2009

Updating the 30 November blog post, here are images of the published interview between Latitudes and Marjolijn Dijkman appearing in the December issue of SUM# 05 magazine for contemporary art, pages 56–64.

If you would like to read the whole interview, please download the text from Latitudes' writing archive.

SUM is published twice a year in English/Danish by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Schools of Visual Arts. Issue #5 is published with support from The Danish Ministry of Culture's grant for culture magazines and The New Carlsberg Foundation.

ISSN 1902-8970
ISBN 978-3-86895-064-9
www.sum.kunstakademiet.dk

SUM#5 interview with Marjolijn Dijkman and Karriere#4 text on Renzo Martens and Mark Boulos's films

 Marjolijn Dijkman, Maasvlakte, 2009, Courtesy of the artist.

In the forthcoming issue of Danish magazine SUM#5, 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'. Her film 'Here be dragons' (2009–10) will be premiered in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen exhibition, opening on the 5th February.

SUM#5 will be launched on the 9th December, from 17–19h, at the BKS Garage on Ny Carlsberg Vej 68, Copenhagen V.

SUM is published twice a year in English/Danish by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Schools of Visual Arts. Issue #5 is published with support from The Danish Ministry of Culture's grant for culture magazines and The New Carlsberg Foundation.

 pdf of Karriere. Courtesy of Karriere

Another Denmark-based magazine Karriere#4 (Autumn issue), has published the text 'Big Things: Crunch, Crisis, Change we can believe' by Max Andrews from Latitudes which discusses Mark Boulos' two-screen film installation 'All that is Solid Melts into Air' (2008) and Renzo Martens' feature-length 'Episode III: Enjoy Poverty' (2008). You can download a pdf of Karriere text from Latitudes' writing archive.

Karriere is published 3 times a year. Karriere is a free newspaper on contemporary art and social life. Distributed in all major Danish cities, Germany and England via the Walther Koenig Bookstores.

Portscapes bus tour: Lara Almarcegui wasteland tour and Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller's 'Postpetrolistic Internationale' choir performance


On Sunday 8 November, SKOR and the Port of Rotterdam Authority organised a bus tour around the Port of Rotterdam coinciding with the 4th International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam and the culmination of 'Portscapes' projects, a year-long series of commissions in and around Maasvlakte 2, the 2,000 hectare ongoing extension of the port.

 


Over 80 visitors enjoyed the 'The Postpetrolistic Internationale' choir performance, a project by the Zurich-based artists Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer as well as the tour around four wasteland sites included in the research publication of the guide 'Wastelands of the Port of Rotterdam' by Rotterdam-based artist Lara Almarcegui.

During the tour, visitors were also able to see and listen to other 'Portscapes' projects by Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin (audio here), Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus and Paulien Oltheten.


A exhibition of the projects will take place at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen from 5 February, coinciding with Art Rotterdam. Exhibition on view until end of March 2010.

Portscapes is a series of newly commissioned art projects initiated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority on occasion of the construction of Maasvlakte 2, with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam) and is curated by Latitudes (Barcelona).

Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer
's participation has been made possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 17 July opening of 'Sequelism Part 3. Possible, Probable or Preferable Futures', Arnolfini, Bristol

Invitation design to the exhibition with work by Heman Chong.

'Sequelism Part 3: Possible, Probable or Preferable Futures' (18 July–20 September 2009)Preview: Friday 17 July, 6–8pm
Venue: Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Artists: Mariana Castillo Deball (1975, Mexico City. Lives in Berlin/Amsterdam), Heman Chong (1977, Malaysia. Lives in Berlin/Singapore), Graham Gussin (1960, London. Lives in London), Victor Man (1974, Cluj–Napoca. Lives in Cluj–Napoca), Francesc Ruiz (in residency) (1971 Barcelona. Lives in Barcelona/Berlin), Jordan Wolfson (1980, New York. Lives New York/Berlin) and Haegue Yang (1971 Seoul. Lives in Berlin/Seoul)
Co-curated by Arnolfini and Latitudes


'Sequelism Part 3: Possible, Probable or Preferable Futures' is a project that looks into the future and at that which is yet to happen. It considers how art and the inexact arena of futurology might be utilised as a means to better comprehend, rethink, obscure, or even colonise the present. Knowledge of current and historical events often plays a role in collective foresight or prognoses of change that is yet to take place. In a similar fashion, futurology could be said to deal with memory in reverse. The project seeks to investigate how prospective visions might be generated for vastly differing reasons, offering great idealism on the one hand, or harnessing political and societal anxiety on the other.

The future is commonly manifested in popular cultural forms, including science fiction, yet how might we look beyond the present without recourse to established genres? To what extent does strategic foresight affect our understanding of the ‘now’ or the ‘when’? Is the future a culturally specific phenomenon that is inherently ‘Western’ in its own gaze and orientation? And just how accurate can we be when imagining the future? The Sequelism project addresses issues and questions such as these. Disputing illustrative organisation around a predetermined thesis, the project itself invites doubt, speculation and to-be-determined outcomes.

This is the first in a trilogy of Sequelism exhibitions, with Part 2 in 2010.
More information: http://futurologyprogramme.org

Events and screnings
Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska
Museum Futures: Distributed
Screening/Discussion, Saturday 18 July, 2pm, Free

Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska’s film 'Museum Futures: Distributed' (2008) is a machinima record of the centenary interview with Moderna Museet’s executive Ayan
Lindquist in June 2058. It explores a possible genealogy for contemporary art practice and its institutions, by reimagining the role of artists, museums, galleries, markets, ‘manufactories’ and academies. The screening will also incorporate a discussion led by Neil Cummings and the curators of the Sequelism exhibition, discussing the future of art institutions.

The Futurological Congress
Sequelism Artists’ Screning Programe
Screening, Friday 21 August, 7.30pm, £3/£2 concs

A programme of artists’ videos selected by the curators of Sequelism to accompany the exhibition, including works by Marjolijn Dijkman, Jordan Wolfson and Julia Meltzer & David
Thorne. Introduced by Nav Haq, Exhibitions Curator, Arnolfini.

David Maljkovic
'Scene for a New Heritage Trilogy Screening'
Thursday 17 September, 6.30pm, Free

The films in David Maljkovic’s renowned 'Scene for a New Heritage Trilogy' (2004–6) are set between 2045 and 2071, visualising different encounters with a communist monument at the memorial park at Petrova Gora, Croatia, and speculating on how the meanings of history and monuments change over time.

Roy Ascott
Art and Technoetic Evolution: when the Mind outgrows the Body
Artist’s talk, Saturday 19 September, 2pm, Free

Artist and theorist Roy Ascott gives a presentation on the recent ideas informing his Technoetics art practice, that has grown out of his long-term research into cybernetic and ‘telematic’ art.

Will Holder
Neologisms Workshop
Workshop, September, date tbc, Free
Booking required, call 0117 917 2300 / 01

A language workshop for young people led by the designer, writer and editor Will Holder for constructing brand new words or ‘neologisms’, inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller’s technique for synthesizing existing words to generate names for new concepts and designs.



Arnolfini 

16 Narrow Quay 
Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
www.arnolfini.org.uk

Opens: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays | Closed Mondays | Free entrance

Sequelism is possible thanks to the generous support of the State Corporations for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad (SEACEX), the Direction of Cultural and Scientific Relations of the Spanish Ministry of Foreing Affairs, Institute Ramon Llull, The National Arts Council Singapore and IFA.

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