Ilana Halperin: A Brief History of Mobile Landmass

As her contribution to Portscapes, Glasgow-based artist Ilana Halperin created an audio narrative in Dutch and English about the artificial and natural processes involved in the formation of new land. The compelling narrative drew on fact and fiction as well as site surveys by volcanologists and the experts involved in the construction of Maasvlakte 2. The artist guides the viewer through a landscape of newborn islands and volcanoes, a Rotterdam ‘lava flow’ and the ‘industrial volcanoes’ of the city’s port. To quote Mark Twain’s astonished account of the eruption of Kilauea in 1866: ‘Here is room for the imagination to work!'

A Brief History of Mobile Landmass’ is available on MP3 player for visitors to the information centre for Maasvlakte 2, FutureLand, until 2013.

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