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by Paul Domela

Once it was explained to me that artists always want to live where other artists have lived and worked before. The footsteps of Rembrandt, Picasso, Joyce, Warhol or John Lennon had pulling power. A curious feeling of historical continuum and radical departure would underlie much of contemporary art making and thus may well constitute an important reason for an artist to choose to live in a certain place. All the same, it seemed to me a conversation with art history is of no consequence if not measured against the present day.

by Davide Lacagnina

Silence can sometimes be more deafening than the loudest of noises. And many noises can come together to form a single clap of thunder. As incessant and threatening as a death knell. In precisely the same way, each image contains thousands of others and communicates an existence that is not only that of the object of its representation. Its power is striking, forcing us to go beyond the image itself, compelling us to condense what we see so that our concentrated gaze is able to extract meaning.

by Simon-Pierre Hamelin

They say they saw me one windy morning hurrying down towards the port, my step quick and shaky.
They say I passed through the thick border without even realising it; just as you go through a door that closes behind you, you always leave a regret in your wake.

by Emiliano Gandolfi

It’s all a matter of measurements. 20 feet by 8 feet by 8 ½ feet, an overall volume of 1,360 square feet– these are the measurements that changed ports around the world. After the war in Korea, when the American army started experimenting with the first metal shipping containers, we were only a short step away from an outright revolution in transportation and global commerce.

by Tom Trevor

The first manifestation of the Port City Safari took the form of a large-scale contemporary art project, exploring themes of mobility and exchange, in the context of the city of Bristol, UK, from September to November 2007.

by Katerina Koskina

… Cities also believe they are the works of the mind or of chance, but neither the one nor the other suffices to hold up their walls. You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.
Italo Calvino

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