« Sublime we name an object, at whose conceptualization our sensuous nature feels its limits, but our rational nature its superiority, its freedom from limits; in the face of this we thus derive physically our brevity, which we surmount but morally, i.e. through ideas. »
Friedrich Schiller, On the Sublime: Toward the Further Development of Some Kantian Ideas (1793)
For this ambitious project, I kept in mind Lieux Communs - Gemeenplaatsen, which was created in Belgium and I
wanted to confront a similar country. I chose to work on a territory that is not much bigger than
Belgium, that is made of different communities and languages as well... but one that has a very different topological
environment... Switzerland is also a country a large part of my family comes from.
This time again, I felt it was more interesting to walk through the country. I chose 10 straight lines to walk on, covering more than 2000km. So of courseNaturally, an undertaking of this kind requires this takes muchmore time than walking on a 300km border in a flat country. Also innovative and different for this One thing makes this project also is that different: I started working with video. So, on my way – I would say almost every kilometerkilometre – I put my HD-cam on a tripod and film one minute. I started 3 years ago and my walks are almost finished. I have already more than 2500 minutes of film. All these images will be showed together in the form of an installation, a video-wall gathering 45 screens. And even on 45 screens, the visitor would need about 50 minutes to see them all.
For Portrait of a Landscape, physicality is omnipresent as I physically experience distances, I am all times exposed to seasons and weather changes. But this experience isn't represented in the work, I keep it for myself. It's only suggested by the fact that I am indeed on pathways that aren't accessible by transportation.
This work gives the impression not to be that much focused on urbanism. In a sense, it might be true because urban occupation is not as dense as it is in Belgium.
But the urbanity is also more porous and a strong relation between the city and the countryside/nature/mountain is maintained. Mainly in the North of Switzerland – and this is a personal hypothesis - there could be two complementary trends:
Volkart Stiftung Winterthur
Chretzeturm (Stein am Rhein), Altes Spital (Solothurn), La Ferme-Asile (Sion), Arc artist residency (Romainmotier), Villa Ruffieux (Sierre),
Wallonie-Brussels International, le service des Arts Numériques de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Swisstopo, CFF-SBB,
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