At the extremity of The Netherlands, to the west of Rotterdam, an extension to the port of Rotterdam has been underway since September 2008. With the construction of Maasvlakte 2, The Netherlands will become 2,000 hectares larger and the port, already the biggest in Europe, will increase in size by 20%. The construction of Maasvlakte 2 prompted the Port of Rotterdam Authority to join with SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space) in inviting the curatorial office Latitudes to in turn ask artists to reflect on the port, its expansion and its function. Under the title 'Portscapes', an artistic voyage of discovery has taken place throughout 2009, touching on the port's architectural, political, social and ecological past, present and future.

Portscapes involves artists from The Netherlands, Mexico, Austria, Spain and Great Britain. By creating events, temporary art works, performances, photography, video work and excursions in and about the port area, Portscapes evolved as a kind of cultural guidebook to the port area, focusing on the future and Maasvlakte 2.

Portscapes' projects took place at different times and locations. The launch was during Art Rotterdam in February 2009. The projects were realized in 2009 and announced on this website. Some of the works and projects were shown in and around the information centre for Maasvlakte 2, FutureLand. A Portscapes exhibition opens from January 30 – April 25 2010 at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.