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 harbour – 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 Port City Futures 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, and UNESCO Chair on Water, Ports and Historic Cities.

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

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

Port City Futures 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.

October 24th, 19:00 - 21:00 h
Free admission
Language: English