Six sites reflection

Landscape narratives

Coordination: Piero Zanini

This project proposes to question the concept of landscape from the anthropological point of view by interrogating the meaning that it assumes within landscape theories, as well as professional practices and also throughout the different devices put in place for its institutionalization.

The word "landscape" has the particularity to refer simultaneously to the "thing" (as physic reality constructed and practiced) and the image of the "thing" (as sensible experience), that is to say both to the world and to its-own representation. This happens in a way that makes difficult to distinguish them from each other. This inability to separate the individual from its surroundings, this concurrence of "presences" makes the landscape an expression of our relation to the world, the starting point for a society to rethink herself, perhaps the most concrete and precious to us today for the questions he proposes. That is to say, the landscape is what best reflects the logics according to which our world works.

Therefore, the interest of the landscape as a perspective to conceive the urban, is not into favouring one or the other of its two sides, but into taking into account this ambiguity and the tension that this ambiguity proposes, because it is in the back and forth between the two poles that our experience of the real world is built. It requires us a deeper understanding of the dizzying dissonance, individual as collective, between the acting of desires, memories and representations which govern our way of living the world, and the physical transformations temps and contretemps related to the same living. If the landscape changes faster than our perceptual patterns, how can we talk about the gap between what we imagine of the world and our ways of living it, of projecting it and of narrating it?