Sex & the Sea BY SASKIA BODDEKE

In the exhibition Sex & The Sea, the Dutch multimedia director Saskia Boddeke and the British film director Peter Greenaway created an experience for visitors. Visitors are encouraged to feel the same emotions of homesickness and sexual desire as seamen are faced with when they are at sea for months on end and staying in unfamiliar ports. Far away from their homes, other norms and values can sometimes hold sway. Will the passing sailor allow himself to be tempted in these exotic locations? Does he have a different girl in every port? Does the lonely sailor write home every day? Or may a young hothead see the shape of a mermaid when a manatee appears? Boddeke and Greenaway have translated this into an artistic film project comprising images of maritime erotic artworks, pin-ups, mermaids, postcards, photographs and unique quotes from seamen about lust. This film project is complemented by additional objects such as a real mermaid, tattoos and sperm whale teeth, with erotic maritime shows, voluptuous ships' decorations and model ships with poetic names such as The Mermaid. The installation creates an immersive experience.

Sex and the Sea: 9 September 2016 - 13 august 2017 M/S Maritime Museum Helsingor, Denmark

Credits Sex & The Sea

Concept, design & direction film
Saskia Boddeke

CONCEPT & DESIGN SUITCASES
Peter Greenaway

Sex and the Sea Stockholm

Production
Annette Mosk

Music
Dionys Breukers
Borut Krzisnik

Performance ‘The port of Amsterdam’
Maartje Teussink

Video Editing
Elmer Leupen

Sounddesign
Danny Weijermans

Filmregistrations
Losdos

Second life animation
Iono Allen
Rose Borchovski

Picture research
Willemien Ruys

Poem
'De Havensteden' (fragment) by J.J. Slauerhoff
© Translation: 2013, Paul Vincent

Special thanks to:
Digital Playground, Rotterdam
ArtEZ, Enschede

This production was first realized on the initiative of Maritiem Museum Rotterdam