Journey as Process as Experience (Revised)(work-in-progress)

NOTE: The following is a writing exercise that I undertook as part of a 3D3/ Transart residential in Berlin, over the summer of 2015. I am planning to revise this small piece, merging it with my personal reflections of spending a day filming at the Holocaust Memorial.
Cinemascope 2-35-1 Croplines
Seeing, hearing, feeling: ‘film is an expression of experience by experience’*

Try a different way of looking at landscape.

3 stages of the sublime:

1) ‘apprehension, in which the individual subject encounters an object larger and greater than the self’

2) ‘awe, oppression, or even depression- in some versions fear or potentially fear- in which the individual recognizes the relative greatness of the object and the relative weakness or limits of the self’

3) ‘exaltation, in which the individual is conceptually or psychically enlarged as the greatness of the object is realized and the individual identities with the greatness’ **

It’s through exploration that meaning and emotion reveals itself.

Landscapes are all around us- landscapes that pass us by but if we look closer, or in different ways, we can start to explore what a landscape means to others, and ourselves, and how being in a place makes us feel.

A pile of rocks is a pile of rocks.

But there is a story behind every landscape, and the opportunity for the sublime is all around us.

The sublime is as much about the participatory viewer as much as the landscape itself- as much about how you look as where.

There is you.

There is landscape.

You are within it and it is within you.

As an artist I want to make you feel something of what I feel when I’m out in the field.

I want to start a dialogue with you, the viewer- about what moves me.

I’m talking to you.

I want to talk to you about finding yourself by getting lost.

I want to talk to you about fear and uncertainty and how it can make us stronger.

I feel small. I am at peace.

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.’ ***

I start from a place of not knowing a fucking thing.

If I accept my inconsequentiality; if I embrace the microscopic nature of me against the sublime landscape; if I get over myself…

I might find peace in the the knowledge that all things come to an end.

Until then

‘Great Nature has another thing to do

To you and me; so take the lively air,

And, lovely, learn by going where to go.’ ****
*       The Visible and the Invisible, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ed. Claude Lefor, trans. Alphonso Lingus (Evanston,          IL: Northwestern University Press, 1968, p. 155.
**     The Symbolic Earth, Christine L. Oravec, 1996
***   Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth
**** The Waking by Theodore Roethke

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