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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.
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Hinterland Symposium: 'The evolving relationships between artists, the changing climate and new responsibilities', 26 November, Nottingham, UK

Hinterland Symposium: 
The evolving relationships between artists, the changing climate and new responsibilities

Hinterland are inviting specialists in the field of commissioning temporary site-specific art to present their practice. Alongside informal discussions with artists currently engaged in commissions for Hinterland, this one day event will question the responsibilities of artists when creating work in the public realm. Biographies of the speakers here.

Conference programme

[Registration starts at 9.30am promptly so talks can begin at 10am in Screen 2.]

10.30am Joy Sleeman
11.10am Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna)
12.20pm Lunch
1.20pm Wallace Heim in conversation with Rebecca Beinart
2.05pm Richard Grayson in conversation with John Newling
3.30pm Neil Cummings in conversation with Annexinema (Emily Wilczek and Ian Nesbitt)
4.15pm Jonathan Griffin in conversation with S Mark Gubb

Film Screening 6pm onwards
Mark Harasimowicz and Tristan Hessing invite symposium delegates from Broadway to One Thoresby Street studios in Sneinton for the preview of a new film installation.

Harasimowicz and Hessing spent time cycling around Europe exploring contemporary and abandoned industrial space. Hinterland has commissioned a new work, which marks a new artistic partnership between the two artists.

Bookings: Contact Broadway Box Office, Tel. 0115 952 6611 or book online www.broadway.org.uk

Hinterland is a project led by independent curator, Jennie Syson. Working together with artists, Hinterland closely examines the areas that surround the River Trent in Nottingham which make up a ten mile car free cycle route around the city known as the Big Track. As we head towards economic depression and society becomes increasingly aware of issues surrounding global warming and the natural environment, Hinterland pays tribute to the geographical locations and the industrial halo that surrounds Nottingham’s city centre.
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'Foro de expertos' Máster On-line de 'Arte Actual: Análisis y Gestión' de la Universitat de Barcelona

Imagen: 'Self-Help', publicada en la compilación Helguera’s Artoons: Cartoons about the Art World de Pablo Helguera, via www.artworldsalon.com/blog

Los próximos 23 y 24 de Noviembre 2009, Latitudes participará en el 'foro de expertos' del Máster On-line de Arte Actual: Análisis y Gestión organizado por el Instituto de Formación Contínua de la Universitat de Barcelona dirigido por el comisario y crítico David G. Torres y la gestora cultural Ester Prat dentro del módulo dedicado al 'Coleccionismo y Arte Actual' coordinado por la crítica y comisaria Montse Badia.

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* HOY/TODAY/AVUI * Vena (porla) y Latitudes presentan: charla con el comisario y crítico Willy Kautz, Viernes 13 Noviembre, 7pm, La Central, Barcelona

Librería La Central del Raval | c/ Elisabets, 6 | 08001 Barcelona |
: Liceu (L3), Pl Catalunya (L3, L1, FGC) | MAPA

Tickets: 4€ *, se adquirieren en la caja de La Central 

Willy Kautz hablará de su experiencia como comisario en el Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo en México D.F. (2001–4) y se centrará en su último proyecto, la exposición colectiva 'Yo uso perfume para ocupar más espacio' inaugurada recientemente en el Museo Carrillo Gil (7 octubre 2009 – 3 febrero 2010) que cuenta con la participación de los artistas Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Daniel Andujar & Rogelio López Cuenca, Julieta Aranda, Carles Congost, Ximena Cuevas, John Bock, Dustin Ericksen & Mike Rogers, Paul MacCarthy, José Clemente Orozco y David Alfaro Siqueiros – imágenes exposición. 

Willy Kautz (1975) fue comisario del Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, México D.F. (2001-4) y desde el 2006 está cursando un doctorado en estética en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Entre sus exposiciones destancan: "Cuasi-corpus. Arte concreto y neoconcreto de Brasil", Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, México D.F., MARCO, Monterrey, México (2002); "Gordon Matta-Clark: proyectos Anarquitectónicos", Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, México (2003); "Mira Schendel Continuum amorfo", Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, México D.F., MARCO, Monterrey, México (2004); "Simplesmente elas exalam", Galería Leme, Sao Paulo, Brasil (2005); co-curador de "Transitio_MX, Festival internacional de artes electrónicas y video 01, Imaginarios en tránsito: poéticas y tecnología", Centro Nacional de las Artes, México D.F. (2005); "Yo uso perfume para ocupar más espacio", Museo Carrillo Gil, México D.F. (2009).

(*) Vena (porla) y Latitudes organizan esta serie de charlas sin ánimo de lucro. La compra de tu ticket se invierte íntegramente en la realización de futuras presentaciones. Gracias por tu colaboración.
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Portscapes bus tour: Lara Almarcegui wasteland tour and Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller's 'Postpetrolistic Internationale' choir performance

Portscapes_Lara Almarcegui newspaper launch and tour of wastelands in the Port of Rotterdam

On Sunday 8 November 2009, 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.


Portscapes_Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller  'The Postpetrolistic Internationale'

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.

An 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.
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'Portscapes' page updated with new flickr slideshows and announcement of a forthcoming exhibition at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, February 2010

Latitudes' 'Portscapes' page has been updated with new flickr slideshows for each project (see under each artist name) and incorporating a new page for the 'Portscapes' exhibition which will be on view at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from the 5 February until the end of March 2010 (date TBC).

The opening will coincide with the art fair Art Rotterdam (4–7 February) and 'Divided Divided', a solo exhibition by the Stockholm-based artist Carsten Höller also opening at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen on February 5th.

The Museum Boijmans exhibition will present the year-long commissioning series with works that have been produced in and around Maasvlakte 2, the ongoing extension to the Port of Rotterdam, with works by 10 artists: Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer, Paulien Oltheten, Jorge Satorre and Hans Schabus. 'Portscapes' also involved artist Maria Barnas and the London and Zurich based architect, researcher, educator and writer Markus Miessen as website collaborators.

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

Project website: www.portscapes.nl (Dutch/English)

Other Latitudes' flickr photo sets here.

We have also updated the 'Portscapes' projects timeline:

Portscapes is a series of art projects commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam) and is curated by Latitudes.
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Latitudes speak at seminar on Art and Ecology, 21 October 2009, The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

Art & Ecology seminar, The Wanas Foundation, Sweden, 21 October 2009

Coinciding with the end of the 'Footprints' exhibition (17 May–25 October 2009) organised by The Wanås Foundation (presenting works by Tue Greenfort, Henrik Håkansson, Tea Mäkipää (with Halldór Úlfarsson), Tomás Saraceno and Nilsmagnus Sköld) this one-day seminar hosted by the foundation on the 21st October included three presentations from different areas of expertise and a panel discussion around the relationship between contemporary art practice and ecology, the language used by the media on climate change, individual and collective environmental efforts, etc.

Speakers include: Folke Tersman (Professor of Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University, author of 'Tillsammans: en filosofisk debattbok om hur vi kan rädda vårt klimat' (2009)); Joanna Yarrow (media commentator and expert in the field of ecologically sustainable lifestyles, founder of Beyond Green in London) and Latitudes, who presented projects including the group exhibition 'Greenwashing Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities' (2008), the publication Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (2006) and the commissioning series in the port of Rotterdam 'Portscapes' (2009).

Images: Latitudes and The Wanås Foundation.
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