Thinking about landscape

Landscape is a term grown in history, connected to landscape painting in 17th century.
Landscape is shape, human influence, in the transition between nature and culture.
Landscape is just in parts natural, but more cultural and changes constantly by human influence.
Landscape can be interpreted by the viewer.
The interpretation of landscape is based on ideas changing over the time.
Landscape can be interpreted differently, depending on standpoint and profession.
Depicted landscape as painting or photograph works as a visualisation of an idea.
Landscape is about ideas and concepts.
Landscape ideas are floating and shifting.
Landscape is about an idea of our surroundings.
Landscape as an idea that creates images.
The image of a landscape, a painting or a photograph, is more an idea, more a reflection about reality or a representation of reality than reality itself, and perhaps even leads to developing a landscape idea.
Landscape is something personal, something we have expectations to.

Landscape is made for use.
Landscape is a myth.
Landscape is about history. Not only about our own history, but also about history of cities and countries.
Not just the shape of our surrounding changes, also our thoughts about the shape and the elements of this landscape does not stay the same.

Thinking about landscape, I find so many aspects, so many layers.
Landscape is more as an outer appearance, landscape gets alive in our minds and feelings and memories.
Landscape is more as the sum of contents and elements, like trees, hills, rivers, streets and buildings.
Landscape create a context of inner and outer aspects. We create a landscape in our mind.
Our expectations change, our inner world changes constantly, and the world outside is changed by growing cities, new buildings, new streets. Even the countryside changes, no year you have the same crop growing on a field.

Landscape is our very own projection.

The ideas hidden in the subjects landscape, paradise and photography reflect on the human need for orientation, utopia and seizure.
There is a historical change noticeable how these ideas are interpreted and related to each other.
We interprete the world we live in by interpretation of our surroundings.
The ideas about landscape and paradise leads to images we create about our personal interpretation of the world.
Following these images we create not just only new ideas, we shape our surroundings and landscapes to create a connection between our images and the reality we are surrounded of.
Landscape painting, landscape photography and landscape design are inspired of our surroundings.
In the opposite way we shape our environment after our ideas.
As human being, living on a place and being located in space, we create an interaction between us and our outside world in a dynamic exchange.
There is no place on the earth anymore without human interference.
Landscape is a cultural practice and a medium to express our ideas,feelings and expectations and always connected to our interpretations, more than being a expression of
nature itself.

Thinking about landscape (Auszug aus dem Theorieteil der Masterarbeit), Silke Rokitta, 2008

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