Presenter: Stuart Mugridge

Title: b([r])e(at[h])ing or breathing in | sounding out (a langscape)

Abstract: The culture/nature divide is a distraction which all too easily conforms to scientistic norms but the culturally freighted term landscape can provide a workaround— if we accept landscape’s etymology to be in shaping (sceppan) rather than in looking (skopos) then we open up new modes of engagement that move beyond the binaric, unidirectional and framing relationship of viewer-to-perceived-thing so redolent of the Picturesque tradition (and beyond). [1]

Moving on from Heideggerian dwelling-based attunement we take the breath of Irigaray to immerse ourselves transversally in the moving world where Deleuze|Guattarian and De Landian flows predominate. This is a world of speeds, patterns and rhythms where scales slip fluidly (microscopic to geological and so on)—here, to be human is celebrated and dismantled almost concurrently (an unconformity allowing slight distance). [2]

Running and walking in an unbounded (but contested) area of upland mid-Wales one breathes the farmed air whilst moving through the mediaeval and Silurian environments of today. This landscape rejects the Picturesque—we turn to its (spoken) landuage: we auscultate, participate and celebrate (with a hint of British Romantic joy).

[1] Tim Ingold, Being Alive (London: Routledge, 2011), 126.
[2] Martin Heidegger, Basic Writings (London: Routledge, 2008).243-255; Luce Irigaray, The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999); Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (London: Continuum, 2012), 452; and, Manuel De Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (New York: Swerve, 1997), 103-106.



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