As part of the Cultural Capital programs of Rotterdam and Porto, Witte de
With, Museu Serralves, and Porto 2001 have invited a group of
international artists to make new work which explores the city and urban
space. With: Massimo Bartolini; Alexandre Estrela; Jeanne van Heeswijk; José
Antonio Hernandez-Diez; Rita Magalhaes; Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle;
Honoré d'O; Gert Robijns; William Speakman; Simon Starling.
The resulting exhibition Squatters consists of two parts. Squatters #1,
on view through September 23, focuses on the creative use and re-use
of 'occupied space'.
Squatters #2 features works which explore the city's morphology and the
experience of architectural space.
By describing, outlining and altering various spaces, these works
visualize a series of special relations between sensory perception and
the physical environment.
An installation by Jeanne van Heeswijk (in collaboration with Rolf
Engelen and Siebe Thissen) deals with the history of the Rotterdam
William Speakman designs a small church after Le Corbusiers Chapel
of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp. Inside the church, he grows
tomatoes under artificial light.
Massimo Bartolini emphasizes a spatial outline with the help of two
thousand feet long pearl necklaces.
Rita Magalhães portrays her sister as a spectator at small urban
Gert Robijns employs intricate technological means to stimulate a
sense of space.
Each work explores spatial forms and the ways these forms can be