A timeline and map for selected blog posts on 'Some Landscapes'. Each entry relates to one post. It is just another way of viewing the blog, but I suppose you could see it as a rather eccentric history of landscape and culture.
Created by plinius on 29/07/2011
Last updated: 06/08/11 at 17:37
Walking artist Hamish Fulton becomes the oldest British person to climb Everest.
Philip Gross wins the T. S. Eliot Prize for his book 'The Water Table'
Chris Drury's artist book 'Algonquin' inspired by the Algonquin language 'which had its beginnings as bite marks on bark.’
Peter Cusack travels to Chernobyl to record the sounds of nature there. 'The evacuation of people has created an undisturbed haven and wildlife has taken full advantage. Animals and birds absent for many decades – wolves, moose, black storks – have moved back and the Chernobyl exclusion zone is now one of Europe’s prime wildlife sites.'
Alice Oswald uses local voices in her much-praised landscape poem 'Dart'.
Francis Alÿs organises an action he describes as 'at once futile and heroic, absurd and urgent.' Five hundred volunteers formed a line at the foot of a dune and working only with shovels managed to move it about four inches from its original position.
At the Earth Summit the Finnish government announces that it would build Agnes Denes's 'Tree Mountain' proposal. The work was completed in 1996.
Formation of the World Association for Ruined Piano Studies. A sanctuary for ruined pianos has now actually been created at Wambyn Olive Farm near Perth.
South Cove created by Mary Miss for Battery Park, New York City.
William Raban's 'Thames Film' describes the river fom the city of London to the science fiction landscape of the Thames estuary seaforts.
Rover Thomas’s 'Landscapes at Kalumpiwarra, Yalmanta and Ngulalintji'. ‘Although Thomas’s landscapes echo some contemporary Euro-American paintings in style, they come directly out of the art of the Kimberleys... the underlying theme is the spiritual value of the land and the connections between places.’
Brian Eno's album 'On Land.' "On the whole 'On Land' is quite a disturbed landscape: some of the undertones deliberately threaten the overtones, so you get the pastoral prettiness on top, but underneath there's a dissonance that's like an impending earthquake."
Magnum photographer Abbas photographs the Green Line demarcation zone between Christian East and Muslim West Beirut.
Philippe Jaccottet's 'Beauregard', a set of five prose pieces, the first of which was inspired by the poet's chance discovery of a remote, 'insignificant' village, in the Drôme called Beauregard.
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's 'A Thousand Plateaus' - "All faces envelop an unknown, unexplored landscape; all landscapes are populated by a loved or dreamed-of face, develop a face to come or already past. What face has not called upon the landscapes it amalgamated, sea and hill; what landscape has not evoked the face that would have completed it, providing an unexpected complement for its lines and traits?"
W.S. Merwin moves to the island of Maui, where he writes and plants trees, restoring the natural forest surrounding his home.
Roni Horn makes her first trip to Iceland. 'The Hot Pot at Strútur' is a photograph from 1991.
'Des canyons aux étoiles...' is composed after Olivier Messiaen's trip to Utah in 1972 and premiered in 1974.
Chris Welsby's early landscape film 'Wind Vane'. 'The movements of the two cameras, which were filming simultaneously, were controlled by the wind strength and direction.'
Einojuhani Rautavaara's Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for birds and orchestra, commissioned for the degree ceremony of the 'Arctic' University of Oulu.
Bruce McLean lays a huge sheet of sensitised paper on the shore at Largieberg hoping for an indexical print of the landscape, but it floats out to sea.
Werner Herzog shoots the footage for his 1971 film 'Fata Morgana', which treats Earth like an alien planet.
Richard Long's seminal work, 'A Line Made by Walking'. He was the subject of a major Tate retrospective in 2009, 'Heave and Earth'.
A. R. Ammons’ ‘Corson’s Inlet’, one of the best known twentieth century landscape poems: its form echoes the movement of a walk.
The ICA's 'Between Poetry and Painting' exhibition includes work by Ian Hamilton Finlay. One of his early works was THE HORIZON OF HOLLAND IS ALL EARS, installed in the garden of his home in Ross-shire
Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Red Desert', in which the modern landscape becomes ‘a source of profound mental anguish' Set in Ravenna ‘for its smoky factories, its oil derricks, its steel pylons'.
James Wright's landscape poems in his collection 'The Branch Will Not Break'
Ingmar Bergman first visits the island of Faro where he set scenes in his subsequent films and lived unti lhis death is 2007. The island is "a remote, windswept place with a landscape that appears flat and barren. There are countless pine trees, fields with ancient stone walls, a succession of sand and shingle beaches, and more sheep than humans."
A series of Linguaphone 78s called 'English Landscape Through Poets' Eyes' 'compiled by Stephen Usherwood, MA, Oxford, July 1958'. Includes Belloc's 'The South Country'.
Several recent Chinese artworks have been made about Mao's swims across the Yangtze. The first one was in 1956. With its emphasis on the body and endurance, this act 'strangely prefigures aspects of Chinese performance art.'
There is a strange landscape garden surrounding the house of Mr Knott in Samuel Beckett’s 'Watt', first published in 1953.
John Piper's mural for the Festival of Britain
David Smith's 'drawing in space', 'A Hudson River Landscape'. It has affinities to those abstract landscapes made by painters in the fifties, in which a place is suggested through some recognisable elements that merge with more mysterious expressive gestures, suggesting the difficulty of capturing time, memory and the different views that make up any space.
Robert Smithson admired William Carlos Williams: 'When I read the poems I was interested in that, especially this one part of 'Paterson' where it showed all the strata levels under Paterson.' That came in the 'Paterson Book Three', published in 1949.
W. H. Auden's ‘In Praise of Limestone’ talks about ‘the one landscape that we, the inconstant ones, are consistently homesick for.’
Benjamin Britten's opera 'Peter Grimes' is first performed. Annotations for a score of 'Sea Interludes' include specific landscapes references: 'land (or sea scape)', 'slow wave', 'gulls' and 'a big wave'.
Bill Brandt finally encounters the perfect weather conditions for his moody photoograph of Top Withens.
Arshile Gorky paints memories of his father's orchard in Armenia.
Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman, another montage editor, collaborate on their non-narrative 'pictorial fantasy', Moods of the Sea'.
The Hakenkreuzschonung - the Swastika Plantation- is planted, a tribute to the 1000-year Reich.
Robinson Jeffers' poem 'Carmel Point': the landscape there 'knows the people are a tide / That swells and in time will ebb, and all / Their works dissolve.'
Robert Byron's celebrated travel book, 'The Road to Oxiana'. In it he describes the Omayad Mosque in Damascus. 'Originally, its bareness was clothed in a glitter of mosaics. Some remain: the first landscapes of the European tradition. For all their Pompeian picturesqueness, their colonnaded palaces and crag-bound castles, they are real landscapes, more than mere decoration...'
Pare Lorentz and Virgil Thomson collaborate on their dustbowl documentary, 'The Plow that Broke the Plains'.
Bernard Leach's 'Well Head and Mountains', a design that 'is imaginary but derived from things seen and felt in the mountains of Japan.'
Virgina Woolf's 'Orlando'. At the beginning of the book he walsk 'very quickly uphill through ferns and hawthorn bushes, startling deer and wild birds, to a place crowned by a single oak tree. It was very high, so high indeed that nineteen English counties could be seen beneath; and on clear days thirty or perhaps forty, if the weather was very fine...'
Eugenio Montale's 'Ossi di Seppia' poems published. They vividly evoke the landscape of set Liguria in the poet's childhood and youth.
Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler's six minute New York film Manhatta.
Edward Thomas is killed. There are fragmentary notes on teh last page of his diary: ''The light of the new moon and every star And no more singing for the bird...'
Richard Strauss's 'Alpine Symphony' in 22 sections describing the ascent of a mountain.
C. P. Cavafy's poem 'The Morning Sea' in which the poet stops and gazes out from the yellow shore on the brilliant blue of the sea.