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Postpetrolistic Internationale, 2009

Hemauer / Keller
Photo: Paloma Polo/SKOR

For Portscapes, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller (Switzerland) organised a performance of the work The Postpetrolistic Internationale, with the help of a variety of regional choirs. The project started with the transportation of a wooden stage along the Rhine from Basel, near the artists' home, to Rotterdam. Along the way, this stage docked at different locations, where a local choir performed a song of hope-in-action against a backdrop of local industry. Through such performances, the artists aimed to mark Man's changing relationship with fossil fuels and energy use. On 7 and 8 November, the stage could be found at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. With this part-song, the artists are engaging in a mild campaign through which they intend to call the public's attention to the climate change and the global energy crisis.

Keller and Hemauer's The Postpetrolistic Internationale utilises the collective human voice. With this project, they aim to herald a new age that uses other sources of energy than fossil fuels.

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