Film Screening / Talk / Discussion Investigating PortCityFutures

Petromelancholia Fotografie: Alexander Klose

Di, 24.10.2023

19:00 Uhr – 21:00 Uhr

Goethe-Institut Rotterdam

In the context of the exhibition Petromelancholia

With the energy transformation and the looming end of petromodern world organization, radical transformations are coming into sight. How will Rotterdam and its harbor – one of the world’s most important petroleum hubs and Europe’s largest container port – adapt to these changes? What are the perspectives for the abandoned petroleum infrastructures? How will maritime shipping function in a post-fossil future? What chances are there for the development of the city?

The first part of the film essay "The Forgotten Space" by Allen Sekula and Noël Burch (2010, produced by DocEye Film Amsterdam) is dedicated to the port of Rotterdam. After watching parts of the film follows a conversation between Carola Hein and Paul van de Laar from the network PortCityFutures and Alexander Klose, the curator of the exhibition Petromelancholia.

Carola Hein is Professor of History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, TU Delft, UNESCO Chair on Water, Ports and Historic Cities, and director of PortCityFutures.

Paul van de Laar  is endowed professor of Urban History and Head of History Department, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and core team member of PortCityFutures. 

Alexander Klose is a cultural theorist, curator and concept developer and founding member of the collective Beauty of Oil. 

PortCityFutures is an initiative of the Leiden Delft Erasmus Universities Centre, investigating the evolving spatial use and design of port city-regions over time, in particular addressing when port and city activities occur in the same places and sometimes conflict.
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