Landscape in Motion

Cinematic Visions of an Uncertain Tomorrow

13.03.-26.10.2015 10:00-17:00

Opening: 12.03.2015, 7 pm

In cooperation with Camera Austria, Diagonale 2015 and the Austrian Film Museum.

Curated by: Peter Pakesch and Katrin Bucher Trantow


Landscape takes place. According to Lucius Bruckhardt, it is not the mere appearance of the environment, it is also a structure which we only perceive with the help of our pictorial memory. The architect and ‘strollologist’ thus refers to a perception of landscape which can be understood in pictorial sequences – the filmic perspective, located in time, maintains that distance to landscape needed to perceive it.


In fact we can hardly imagine these days looking at the landscape without the ‘eye’ of the camera. Alone the view of our planet from space, which shaped our consciousness following the first photograph of our globe from the moon, changed permanently our dealings with landscape: from this perspective we perceive earth as a landscape that has been recorded, tamed and appropriated by man as territory. Its definitive finiteness and the ongoing change in resources, e.g. in agricultural land, are radically brought to our attention day in, day out with the help of the camera.


Using the example of pioneering works from the 1960s, the exhibition Landscape in Motion shows that landscape is a term that is subject to continuous change in the human mind. Film plays an essential role in this – as the prerequisite for capturing the reality of landscape, but also as a kind of catalyst that fundamentally influences these processes of perception.

With works by Darren Almond, Rosa Barba, James Benning, Ursula Biemann, Lucius Burckhardt, Leo Calice und Gerhard Treml, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Tacita Dean, Marine Hugonnier, Mathias Kessler, Markus Jeschaunig, Armin Linke, Lukas Marxt, David Nez, Walter Niedermayr, Qiu Anxiong, Ed Ruscha, Klaus Schafler, Allan Sekula, Robert Smithson, Shi Guorui, Michael Snow, Guido van der Werve.

Accompanying catalogue of the exhibition

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The exhibition is accompanied by an inter-disciplinary programme and catalogue, with approaches from the following exhibitions: Disputed Landscape as engagement with the disputed concepts of a photographic image of landscape, in the Camera Austria; HyperAmerica with a focus on the ambivalence felt towards land grabs as we recognise it in the American landscapes of the Hyperrealists and the photographers of the New Topographics, on show in Space01 in the Kunsthaus Graz; Landscape: Transformation of an Idea, which offers an overview of the historical development of the image of landscape, to be seen in the Neue Galerie Graz; and finally, the Political Landscape of the Ausseerland, which is treated in an exhibition of the same name, at the Institute for Art in Public Space. 

Film screenings during the exhibition

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The actual screening schedule of the films by James Benning and Michael Snow:


Tue, Thu, Sat



James Benning, El Valley Centro, 1999


Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1971


Wed, Fri, Sun



Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1971


James Benning, Los, 2000


James Benning, Sogobi, 2001


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