The Talking Landscape Project

in collaboration with curator Vincenzo Estremo and the Municipal Culture Council, Urbino IT
2010 – 2011

To start a process of reflection and speculative reconsideration of a sub-urban site, of the existence of the landscape, and of the role it assumes in our daily lives, by examining the interaction between man and nature.

Given two geographical coordinates by a curator pertaining the area of the landscape Le Cesane, close to the town of Urbino, an artist was invited to consult Google Earth and from there find the corresponding site:

Latitude: 43°43’9.08” N - Longitude: 12°38’49.84” E

with the sole proposal of producing a context-specific reflection by comparing and confronting the specificity of the space from a physical point of view, as well its story, its present perceptions and the dynamics of its fruitions.
The artist has successively elaborated a lyrical formalization of the documented material, previously gathered throughout the continuous investigations on the site, resulting in an installation, a sound piece, photographs and videos. All was unfolded in an atmosphere of genuine exchange and collaboration. The project was soon aligned with the concept of the "Third Landscape", launched by Gilles Clément (Manifesto of The Third landscape). […]. Even from the first reconnaissance, it was quite evident how the place in question was an example of a "Third Landscape".

Vincenzo Estremo.

[…] The reference point in question, with the dimensions of ca 5 x 5 m, was a steep grove with vegetation consisting in trees and bushes of various kinds. There was a small thicket, which at first glance gave me the impression of total chaos: trees that were bent, broken, fallen or partially dead, were leaning one upon the other in an apparent great confusion, that however soon transformed before my eyes into a fascinating image of architectural forms created by Nature’s organization of "decay". […] After some days of contemplation, I started measuring, literally, every single branch of the natural unfolding of the growth of vegetation, with the idea of giving a geometric representation of a piece of natures development in the three dimensions. The sense of natures ‘own arrangement’ and the sensorial experience by moving around in this sloping space, became important approaches to my work and evoked along the way considerations about entropy and reflections of ontological order.
During the 4-5 months that followed, I worked there every day with the sensation of having "moved in". I decided to give a name to the work I carried out daily in the grove:
"Mapping the spatial conditions of a place".

Gedske Ramløv.

1) Map representation of the area of the reference point according to the measurements of the vegetation, carried out on site. Scale 1:10.
Pencil on paper;

2) Schematic map that describes the organization of the vegetation of the area of the reference point;

3 a/b) Sketches for installation based on the measurements of the small grove:
a) The area with its vegetation inserted in the perspective elevation of the perimeter.
b) The model for the installation constructed according to the measurements of the vegetation of the area.
Pencil on paper (99 x 69 cm x II);

4-5) Drawings of groups of vegetation from the map representation of the reference point.
Pencil on double paper, cotton - and tissue paper (57 x 75 cm);

6 a/b) Digital photos of the grove;

7) Excerpt from The planetary garden by Gilles Clement.