featherstone – landscape as a verb

‘As W.J.T Mitchell suggested, we might think instead of landscape not as a noun, but a verb.

I like this, to think of landscape in an active, relational sense, as the result of an over-layering of ways of life and forms of habitation resulting in endlessly shifting, not fixed identities of place.

This way of thinking about landscape encourages more of an affinity with disciplines of human and cultural geography, of archaeology and social anthropology.

And so in this way this particular northern Borders cultural landscape might be thought of as a palimpsest or an archive of traces and deposits of representation, engagements and interactions, all of which produce – or perform – a particular sense of place. A borderland place.’

A quote from a talk given by Ysanne Holt, recorded in RECREATION a blog describing a creative retreat at Featherstone Castle.

The image is a print by William J Miller after a painting by  Edward Swinburne.


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