- Short presentation of the book by the authors (in Norwegian and English)
- Comment by Timothy Saunders, assistant professor in Languages and English literature at Høgskolen i Volda and author of the book «Bucolic ecology - Virgil’s Eclogues and the Environmental Literary Tradition» (2008) (In English)
- Question and discussion. (Norwegian ans English)
Timothy Saunders has shown that already in the literature of antiquity, landscape was a way for humans to understand their place in nature. Arcadia Updated aims at showing that even in today’s society, this attitude to landscape offers a relevant approach to gaining insight and a sense of freedom.
Fiskevold and Geelmuyden contend that it is time to free the idea of landscape from its relatively recent place within the natural sciences. Instead, landscapes should be explored and presented through a language which allows for imaging the relationship between humans and their environment in its ever-changing variety.
Arcadia updated primarily addresses professionals of landscape planning, especially those who conduct landscape analyses. However, anyone interested in landscape and the role it plays in the life of individuals and society might enjoy it.
The book argues for an alternative approach to the task of analysing landcapes: the term landscape means more than what most methods of analysis today are able to convey and make an area into. The mandate from the European Landscape Convention to the ratifying countries to «identify» their territories’ landscapes must not be understood as if this can be done once for all. A landscape analysis may shed light onto many of humnanity’s recurring challenges, but will always do so through a current mode of expression. Characterising (identifying) a landscape is always an act of interpretation, which must be performed again and again.
Arcadia Uptated delves into the fundamentals for analysing landscapes. It shows how the practice of landscape analysis in planning can tbe traced back over two millennia to the tradition of pastorals within the arts. The authors give examples of analytical narratives, contemporary pastorals, which characterise areas as landscapes. Besides being a question of aesthetic criticism, any landscape analysis is also an ethical and political act. It requires taking a clear stance regarding the ideals a landscape is an expression of as well as the specific human activity it results from.
Time and place:
Friday 26. April, Urbygningen (U 224), kl. 13.15 – ca. 15.30.