Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
In collaboration with Crystal Tang and Nicole Scheffknecht
Cutting through the Port of Rotterdam worked on a subject with two focuses: a site and an instrument. The site is the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port of Europe, the instrument is the section, as it has been developed not just in architecture, but also in geology, geography, archaeology, industrial design, anatomy, illustration, cinematography. The aim of this project was to cut critically through a three dimensional object with a two dimensional plane to research and reveal this immensely complex and large landscape, as a political scenery, a geology, an economic valley and an urbanistic field of opportunities. The ruthless cutting through confronts us with unexpected clashes and implications of our often schematic architectural way of looking at the world; there is an interesting random factor in cutting a line through a complex form and seeing the results.
Our section line is positioned at the port area furthest away from the city of Rotterdam, at the newest part of the port – the coastal area where state of the art industrial and port facilities are in immediate proximity to three Natura 2000 protected sites, significant for its bird species and dune formations. The interest for this particular harbour section comes from the historical research of the ship development and its consequences to the appearance and to the architectural and tectonic qualities of the harbour which are most evident particularly there.
This section is a simulation of an X-ray image. As such, it implies that the landscape is mapped as a body exposed to X-rays and projected onto a film. That makes our section line an image receptor. By simulating X-ray, we are revealing everything that eyes regularly cannot see, therefore giving deeper insight into the landscape, showing both inner and outer beauty. As diagnostic radiography is typically used to capture dislocations and fractures, but also hundreds of processes currently happening in our body, the section also tries to capture more dimensions – simple mass distribution as well as life, history and the unknown.