Landscape. Construction of a Reality


Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2015.
368 pages, 16.5 x 26 cm, with numerous b/w and colour illustrations.
€ 29.90 / ISBN 978-3-86335-731-3

Ed. by Katrin Bucher Trantow, Katia Huemer, Peter Pakesch.
With a preface by Peter Pakesch and contributions by Estelle Blaschke and Reinhard Braun, Katia Huemer, Alanna Lockward, Dirck Möllmann, Robert Smithson, Thomas Weski a.o. (ger./eng.).


In common parlance, landscape has generally come to approximate nature. Yet in theoretical reflexion, the two terms are in no way considered equivalent, for landscape is culturally determined per se, formed by the human hand and thus ever linked to civilisation.

The Landscape reader compiles numerous artistic and theoretical approaches with the aim of reflecting on the present-day role of landscape. It is based on five exhibitions that have taken different approaches to exploring the theme: Disputed Landscape (Camera Austria), Landscape: Transformation of an Idea (Neue Galerie Graz), Political Landscape (Institute for Art in Public Space Styria), and Landscape in Motion and HyperAmerica (Kunsthaus Graz).

With texts by Jens Asthoff, Estelle Blaschke, Reinhard Braun, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Gudrun Danzer, Günther Holler-Schuster, Christian Höller, Monika Holzer-Kernbichler, Katia Huemer, Philippe Kaiser, Alanna Lockward, Dirck Möllmann, Karl Schlögel, Elisabeth Schlögl, Claudia Slanar, Christian Schwägerl, Robert Smithson, Hannah Stippl, Thomas Weski, as well as a conversation featuring Sabine Flach and Peter Pakesch.