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Impossible Territory

Jun 02, 2019 - Ewa Doroszenko

The starting point of the project is the contemporary understanding of the natural landscape. Virtual reality shifts and influences our perception of what “nature” is. Questioning the context of the original and copies, the relations between them, I am interested in the phenomenon of landscape documentation and its representation, regarding how its position has changed at the moment when most of the places are perceived online. The project is a subjective study of how culture changes our longing for an idyllic natural landscape.

 

The idea of the project refers to the thesis put forward by the philosopher Alfred Korzybski: “The map is not the territory” and the concept of “simulacrum” proposed by Jean Baudrillard. Based on observations of the natural landscape, which is more often captured than directly experienced these days, I try to question the trust in digitally constructed images. Using images from travel magazines, personal archive, Google Street View, popular computer games and other online sources, I try to present a visual study of how natural landscape images are being transformed by new technologies.

 

The whole project relates to the reflection on the function of contemporary photography, which occupies a special place in building illusory visions of landscape; as Susan Sontag wrote: “The powers of photography have in effect de-Platonized our understanding of reality, making it less and less plausible to reflect upon our experience according to the distinction between images and things, between copies and originals.”

 

The project is realized thanks to the Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. In June, the project will be presented in Prospekto gallery in Vilnius. Find the whole project here: http://ewa-doroszenko.com/territory