ONDERZOEKERS FRAME MAD:

Ode de Kort
Eleanor Duffin
Patricia Domingues
Griet Moors
Ellen Schroven
Nadia Sels
Arne De Winde
Kris Nauwelaerts
Geoffrey Brusatto
Stan Hendrickx
Peter Snowdon
Carla Swerts
Patrick Ceyssens
Tom Lambeens
Sofie Gielis

ONDERZOEKERS FRAME ARCK:

Maria Gil Ulldemolins
Saidja Heynickx
Remco Roes
Kris Pint

PROJECTEN

IMPACT
(Sofie Gielis & Patrick Ceyssens)
Patricia Domingues

Landscape – Object and Infinite

A concept of infinity and objects as symbols of a process

 

Since the beginning of human existence, the duality between the objective reality and the imagined reality[1] where man based his evolution, has been the center of many debates. Man has attributed sublime powers to nature[2] in the same way that we have built monuments to refer to the immaterial aspects of human nature[3]. Our relation to the natural world is complex: we feel attached to the sensation of freedom and infinity that horizons brings, but on the other hand we also show a tendency to escape from the abstract immensity of nature and build our own limits.

 

Seen from a material perspective, the landscape that we thoughtfully look at and place our dreams and expectations on, is mainly formed by stones. They are the essence of the natural world, and make up the foundation of all continents and mountains. In a world ruled by human hands, stones have also been one of the main materials for the creation of cities, houses, monuments and also tools for the making of objects and jewellery. In respect to materiality, two different worlds with the same material source are formed differently and therefore, two different realities, the objective and the imagined, collide.

 

Landscape retains a strong spatial connection with man and the vivid perception of it and its representations is always a self-reconstructed image and a vehicle to translate different perceptions of immensity. In this way, the panoramic picture of the landscape, can by contrast reveal the inside of the mountain, and a single fragment of it can also represent the whole. Within this context one of the main research problems arise and deal with scale and size. They look at the different dimensions between the mountain and the stone we can hold in our hand, between the immense and the detail.

 

[1]Yuval Noah Harari in the “From Animals Into Gods: A Brief History of Humankind”describes the dual reality humans live in. On one side there is the objective reality of the rivers, the trees and the lions. And on the other side the imagined reality of gods and nations.

[1] Animism as the worldview that entities in nature, such as animals, rivers, plants and often even inanimate objects, possess a spiritual essence.

[1] Daniel E. Miller in the book called “Stuff”, chapter “Theories of things”explores the relationship between humanity and materiality and beliefs with regards to immateriality. The Egyptians are an example of this. Their statues, mummies and pyramids are a process of materialization of their faith and securing their own immortal transubstantiation.