Walkscapes, the artistic experimentation in the land
Walkscape is a new concept developed by GEOFACE, as a method and a product, within the context of tourism. Its existence and vigour have been made possible from and through current existing ideas of the land and landscape. Walkscape suggests an artistic experimentation into both the land and landscape as a consequence of an individual and determined perception and interpretation of those (as a spectator, observer).
The artistic experimentation in the land and landscape is made from two basic principles, mainly sensory: “Walking as an aesthetic practice” and “Art cannot compete with experience”, proposed by the British sculptures Richard Long and Hamish Fulton.
As a touristic activity, movement through the land and the creation of artistic or simply symbolical works is proposed, which reflect a specific way in which the traveler passes through space and perceives and interprets it not only from the observed forms, but also from their intellectual individuality. Such a perception and interpretation of the land and landscape reach the status of conceptual artwork in the material shaping the intellectual work: the route book.
Spatial framework of the journey in the land: segment of land and natural, rural landscapes.
Participants: visitors oriented by a guide.
Subjective raw material: the landscape, senses and sensitivity
Objective raw material: the land, fern trunks and decaying vegetable material, rock fragments, recyclable material
Methods: walking/means of movement, creative and manual ability, video cameras, cameras, drawings, annotations
Objectives: knowledge of the natural environment and landscape, creation of a work of art (impression upon the land).
Responsible tourism: dissemination of scientific knowledge and recovery of natural and rural spaces.
Example 1 EXPERIMENTATION IN THE LAND AND LANDSCAPE: “THE SILENCE OF THE BEACH AT THE BEACH OF SILENCE”
Transfer to the town of Castañeras.
Pedestrian access to the Beach of Silence. Interpretation of the coastal landscape. Explanation of the experimentation to be made. Pedestrian displacement to the site of the experimentation.
Before low tide, we will collect fern trunks (Pteridium aquilinum) to build the structures that we will deposit on the stream bed which flows into the sea, amongst rock arches, next to the cliff. Building of the sculptures after low tide. The structures will remain in place until the wind, the freshwater from the torrent of the stream or the tidal surge have interacted with them, either relocating, covering or destroying them.
From the fern trunks used as raw material, we will get acquainted with the climatic characteristics, the soil, the fauna, and the history of the human communities of rural Asturias. In addition, we will perform an important environmental task when removing dried plant and tree remains, which are susceptible to fuel forest fires. Not in vain, the layers of ferns in Asturian meadows are a result of the abandonment of farming in many councils of the region. In the ancient meadows, next to the heathers, such layers of ferns form a vegetative landscape inherited from the rural exodus at the end of the 20th century.
Video-recording and/or photograph-taking during the creative process.
Production/layout and delivery of route book by GEOFACE.