Friday, February 22, 2008

Territoriality & Art

Thoughts turn to Territory:1 (the arcology project).
Trying to understand the artfulness in it.
I have a sense of what that might be, but can't seem to pinpoint it exactly.
(In my mind, I see the land boundaried, a glowing, winterwhite expansion.)
How can Territory become artwork?
Would it be the placing of objects (sculpture, installation) or interventions on the landscape?
Yes, but I'm thinking it's somehow more.
Would it be/It would be: the Territory itself/herself -the land laid out, pristine, damaged
(forest having been cleared off five years ago by the previous occupant in a moneygrab);
healing herself, becoming someone else/something else.
My acquiring property rights, transforming her with/through vision,
through necessity, helping in the healing, in the transformation
-human agency as artaction.
But what does she become?
Refuge, shelter, garden, home.
Human interconnectedness, belonging.
Interventions on the Boreal/Post-Boreal landscape.

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