Edited By Sabine Flach and Gary Sherman
This third volume of Naturally Hypernatural explores contemporary concepts of landscape in the humanities and the arts in relation to the notion that our age is defined by a ‘geology of the human’ and that this reckoning constitutes a new epoch, aptly named the anthropocene.
The thesis of this volume – that there is no homogeneous concept of landscape, just as there is no uniform definition of nature or culture – was developed concurrently at a conference at the University of Graz and at a series of exhibitions centered on film, painting and photography at the Kunsthaus Graz. This thesis has been fortified by registering the simultaneity of land art, the ecological movement and the view of the earth from space.
Art since the modern period reveals how divergent ideas of landscape are intertwined with differently chanted conceptions of subjectivity, perception and space.
A Force of Nature: Surface Tensions
Fig. 1: Jackson Pollock and Sande Pollock at the Grand Canyon, 1927/unidentified photographer. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. @2016 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeperchasms. Nicolaus Copernicus, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Sphere, 1543
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