imagined landscape? (provocation task)

proposition: i just had an interesting discussion with JV about our provocation task and am feeling excited about arriving at a proposition where we feel both sides could be equally interesting to argue. JV will argue for – discussing landscape as a mental, psychological and cultural construct etc. i will argue against – discussing the primacy of the body and real, actual and physical materiality of landscape. what i think will be really interesting about doing some research for the argument is at the moment i agree with both sides. in fact through my making, both sides of the argument emerge where the framing of landscape is tied to the imagination and yet the framing is also through the bodily and physical material and sensual contact. it might be interesting to appeal to the senses in my presentation, perhaps through a series of recordings.

initial research: before beginning any in depth research, some initial ideas

  1. phenomenology and body: the phenomenology of landscape, citing Merleau-Ponty etc and his thoughts on the primacy of the human body in understanding the world around us. taking the body as a real and physical point of contact with real and physical materiality of landscape. arguing for the physical body as the entity from which all knowledge (and imagination) stems from – real, actual, material etc.
  2. phenomena versus nomena: some things exits as objects in relation to other objects through the imagination and some things are things in themselves, referencing Immanuel Kant’s  argument for things shaped by the imagination – ‘phenomena’ and things in themselves – ‘nomemna’ (Critique of Pure Reason, 1781).
  3. ‘a priori’: things we know that are independent of reasoning deduction, again citing Kant (1781)
  4. imagination is centred on the concrete: all imaginings, landscape or otherwise are cited in the real and concrete experience, citing educator Maria Montessori etc.
  5. noesis and noema: things of the mind are also real (noesis) and correlate with understanding of the ideal (noema), citing Husserl
  6. subjectivity: all things are subjective because of the body as source of thought and imagination

…… looking forward to researching and making a solid argument, using a variety of visual and audio recordings to support in my presentation.




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