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Antonio di Campli

Landscape and Revolution

Antonio di Campli
DART (Dipartimento Ambiente, Reti, Territorio), University D

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     Presentation date: 06/12/2007 4:30 PM in ISCTE-II C202
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The fortune of landscape, the success this conceptual category enjoys for more than 20 years round, comes from, among many things, its capability to work as a sponge-concept, able to absorb various conceptualizations and to be easily applied on different operative contexts.
This fortune corrisponded to a damage, that of becoming a sort of apparently evanescent concept, evocable as a reference background for any transformation process or territorial policy, as a collective identity infrastructure used to strenghten social cohesion and to promote local contexts in territorial competition processes, but that, vehiculating precise landscape models, and forcing their sharings, becomes sources of conflicts.

These reflections are directed to find new ways of reflecting on landscape, trying to define a new conceptual background useful to single out new strategies for landscape construction, what here I call landscape lessening.

This attempt recalls an analogical process, translating some reflections belonging to literary and philosophical research to landscape studies. The concept of landscape lessening is clashing with different actual strategies of landscape construction, above all those rotating around the concepts of memory, heritage, local societies identity. Under certain aspects the landscape lessening is a “dangerous” notion, uncanny, that wants to contribute to think over the relation between landscape and image, landscape and history, trying to return this concept a greater political meaning.

Till now I referred to different studies, in particular, to the resarches on lessening strategies of a theatrical work carried out by Carmelo Bene and the concept of becoming as defined by Deleuze.

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