'Portscapes' was an accumulative series of newly commissioned projects produced and presented throughout 2009 alongside the construction of Rotterdam's [51° 55' N 4° 29' E] Maasvlakte 2 (MV2) an extension to Europe's largest seaport and industrial area which will be realised between 2008 and 2013.
Portscapes was 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 was curated by Latitudes.
The Last Newspaper was a hybrid exhibition inspired by the ways artists approach the news and respond to the stories and images that command the headlines. 'THE LAST POST' / 'THE LAST GAZETTE' / 'THE LAST REGISTER'... was an evolving-titled 12-page free weekly newspaper and an incremental exhibition catalogue edited during a 10 week editorial residency by Latitudes. Produced from a micro-newsroom placed on the third exhibition floor of the museum, the tabloids were an archive in formation companioning The Last Newspaper's exhibition, artworks and events, as well as being a platform for critical reflection on the wider agency of art and artists with respect to concerns about how information is produced, managed, recorded, re-ordered, and disseminated.
Featuring over 100 contributors, including essays and interviews with participating artists, the compilation also brings together articles and special features around an expanded selection of work that addresses the news, the newspaper, and its evolving form and function.
Edited by: Latitudes Published by: Latitudes, Barcelona & the New Museum, New York Texts by: multiple authors Graphic Design: Chad Kloepfer with Joel Stillman Format: 10x 12pp two-colour newspapers, one 4pp black-and-white newspaper, 356 x 292 mm each / Regular edition in poly bag with sticker, special edition in screenprinted archive box Language: English Print-run: 1,000 (of which 400 are the final catalogue edition) Printer: Linco Printing, Long Island Date of Publication: October--December 2010
Each new issue was available for free from the museum galleries each Wednesday (Issue #1: 5 October (exhibition preview); Issue #2: 13 October; Issue #3: 20 October; Issue #4: 27 October; Issue #5: 3 November; Issue #6: 10 November; Issue #7: 17 November; Issue #8: 24 November; Issue #9: 1 December; Issue #10: 8 December), and was distributed exclusively in printed format. The published record, designed by Chad Kloepfer and Joel Stillman, is the surrogate catalogue of 'The Last Newspaper'. Featuring over 100 contributors, including essays and interviews with participating artists, the compilation also brings together articles and special features around an expanded selection of work that addresses the news, the newspaper, and its evolving form and function.
'Amikejo' was a series of four exhibitions by artist duos at MUSAC's Laboratorio 987 curated by the Barcelona-based curatorial office Latitudes (Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna) thoughout 2011. Amikejo was a tiny state that existed from 1908--1920 between the Netherlands, Belgium and present day Germany and was founded on a desire to foster more effective international communication through the synthetic language Esperanto -- Amikejo means 'place of friendship' in Esperanto. This episode-place was a unique synthesis of cartography, language, nationhood, politics, economics and subjectivity, and is entreated as a twin site to Laboratorio 987 by lending its name and conceptual borders to the exhibition series. Participating artists: · Pennacchio Argentato (29 January-3 April 2011) · Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 April--12 June 2011) · Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) (25 June-11 September 2011) · Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September 2011-15 January 2012)