The construction of Maasvlakte 2 formed the direct reason for the Port of Rotterdam Authority, together with SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space) to invite artists to reflect on the port and its expansion. The artists who participated came from The Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Mexico and Austria. In 2009, this resulted in the Portscapes project, an artistic journey of discovery to the architectural, political, social and ecological past, present and future of the Rotterdam port. With (small-scale) events, temporary artworks, performances and excursions in the port area, the artists reflected on the port, the port extension and the way Maasvlakte 2 is created. A number of the works and projects were exhibited in and around FutureLand. All works were on show at Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the period 5 February-25 April 2010.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority intends to carry out a new art project every year till 2013, the year in which the first ship will arrive at Maasvlakte 2. Portscapes 2009 functioned as a trial year. Through the diversity of the participating artists and the various visions their work provided, the prospects for the years to come were explored. Portscapes 2 will take place from 2011-2013.
- Jan Dibbets (The Netherlands)
- Hans Schabus (Austria)
- Fucking Good Art (The Netherlands)
- Ilana Halperin (Groot-Brittannië)
- Paulien Oltheten (The Netherlands)
- Jorge Satorre (Mexico)
- Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer (Switzerland)
- Lara Almarcegui (Spain)
- Marjolijn Dijkman (The Netherlands)
- Bik Van der Pol (The Netherlands)