Learning – summary for Section & Assignment 2


Mullins, S, A Journey, DSF3682, 2018-11-22.

Landscape as a journey.

A journey has been used as a theme in landscape art by many artists and in many different ways from documenting an actual journey such as a road trip across America by  photographer Robert Frank,  The Americans (1955) or virtual journeys using Google map and Google street view.  There are imaginary journeys such as in the book Edgelands (2011) Farley & Roberts or sculpturing / marking the land itself  Spiral Jetty, (1970) Smithson, R.) and then there is psychogeograpic art that explores the psyche of a place.

Surveys – Spaces to places, land and power, territory. (Exercise 2.1) part 1, part 2, part 3 Edgelands (2011) Farley & Roberts, Landscape and Power (2002) Mitchell.

The road – A journey (Exercise 2.2) part 1, part 2, Farley & Roberts (2011)   Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004) Soth, A.   In Yangtze – The Long River  (2009) Kander, N.  (Exercise 2.5, part 1) An essay on influence.

Typologies and new technologies –  New typographic outlook and deadpan aesthetics, Robert Adams, Lakewood Colorado, 1974, and repetition, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Coal Bunkers, 1974.  Alexander, (2015) pp.126-129. “The man-made landscape, consistent technical rigour is applied to similar or particular types of subject. The subtle individualities of these functional industrial structures emerge through meticulous visual scrutiny and more importantly repetition.” (OCA, 2013, pp.65) Examples of repetition:  (Exercise 2.3) Donovan Wylie,  The Maze (2003)  Outposts (2011).

Mapping and other technologies –  For example: Walking the land and then layering the photographs taken on top of each other to produce an abstract impressionist image. Also,  appropriation of other peoples work, example: Art by algorithm –  Alexander, (2015) pp.108.  street view, using Google Earth, Liz Nicolases’, Cyanotypes, Exercise 2.4,

Land art – Artwork as marks in / on the land. (Exercise 2.5) part 1, part 2, Richard Long’s show ‘Heaven and Earth’ Sean O’Hagan’s preview of ‘Heaven and Earth’. Cotton, C. (2014) pp.202-203.

Psychogeography and ‘edge lands’ – Psychogeography is the effect of geographical environment (‘the place’) whether it is consciously or not on the emotions and behaviour  of individuals in / at this ‘place’.  Edgelands (2011) Farley & Roberts. Phillip Pullman discussing Manet’s painting. (Exercise 2.6)

Suggested reading / viewing from the assignment feedback.

Safety in Numbness by David Campany, Richard Moss,


Alexander, J.A.P. (2015) Perspective on Place, London, Bloomsbury.
Cotton, C. (2014) The Photograph as Contemporary Art, third edition, New York, Thames & Hudson.
Farley, P. & Roberts, M.S. (2011) Edgelands, London, Jonathan Cape.
Mitchell, W.J.T. (2002) Landscape and Power, second edition, Chicago & London, The University of Chicago Press.

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