Andrew W Langford

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The author was invited to present his research-in-progress within a national symposium hosted by Land2 and the University of Hertfordshire. The symposium was concerned with the representation of landscape and the arts. The presentation included a series of projected images produced over a one year period and an account of the context and associated theories which have informed the making of the work. The work explores the visual and intellectual territory beyond that which might be concealed by the man-nature dialectics that are customarily applied to contested landscapes. The approach is influenced by Actor Network Theory (ANT). ANT configures all things of any scale - human or non-human/conscious or non-conscious - as actors that interact and comprise a study network. It argues that all actors in the dynamic and heterogeneous network have equal weighting and create interconnections and associations. It’s argued that because ANT collapses the nature– society/space–time dialectics into one concept it is a viable method for studying anything in the landscape. Whilst sensing a need to overcome the potential limitations of the nature-society binary, the investigation recognises the inherent difficulties in manifesting a visual language to achieve this. Three distinct research methods were deployed - driving, walking and then collecting materials and speculating on land/material combinations on location and in the studio. The work shown in the associated illustrations explores visual manifestations of spatial intimacy, temporariness and heterogeneity within the milieu of the highly geometrically ordered and functional environment of the desert landscape and the vast labyrinth of plastic greenhouses associated with the Almeria region of Spain
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2011
EventLand2 National Symposium - University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Duration: 9 Dec 2011 → …


OtherLand2 National Symposium
Period9/12/11 → …


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