”Oh how beautiful, look at the crimson snow! And up there o the rocks there are ever so many roses!”
”It was so lovely, Heidi stood with tears pouring down her cheeks, and thanked XXX for letting her come home to it again. She could find no words to express her feelings, but lingered until the light began to fade and then ran on.” Johanna Spyri, HEIDI (1880)“
For “Mit Bergen den Blick reparieren / Fixing One’s Gaze with Landscape” both Austrian and international artists are investigating the filters of human perception regarding the landscape they are born in. Starting from reflexions on their individual cultural backgrounds they explore the representation of landscape as an enticing promise or a bone-shattering cultural threat. Landscape is not an exclusively private good, it’s critical reception is usually collective and, -ideally, for free. Historically it was and is occupied by all kinds of stakeholders for a variety of agendas. Artists, however held some authorship in the design of landscape, granting their recipients room for projections, memories and dreams. Starting from diverse media (print, sculpture, painting, photography, sound/video and performance) the artists approach the interfaces of landscape aesthetics and its instrumentalization. The aim is to dissolve the categories of display, installation and stage and evaluate the romantic concept of “the healing landscape” in a collective manner.