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Die Land Art als Film

Parallelen der Raumkonstruktion in Land Art und Film bei Walter De Maria und Robert Smithson

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In parallel to their monumental installations, which were built in the Western and Southwestern deserts of the U.S. in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a number of representatives of American Land Art have also produced works on film. Researchers have held divergent views about the importance of these films for the understanding of the installations and about their character as either independent works or mere documentations.

This article takes a different approach and analyses an element common to both installations and films: the critique of conventional constructions of illusionistic space. The repudiation of conventional spatial structures and of the representation of perspective is discussed on the basis of works by Walter De Maria and Robert Smithson. A formal analysis demonstrates that the films go beyond merely showing the conception of space in Land Art installations. Instead, they perform a similar critique of conventional ideas of space with decidedly cinematic techniques.

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • The Journal for Aesthetics and General Art History (Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, "ZÄK") was established in 1906. It contains articles, miscellany, and reviews and continues to provides a forum for the fields of the "theory of beautiful and the philosophy of art", "theory of particular arts" and the "methodology of art history". The journal contains peer reviewed articles, predominantly in German, but also in English and French language. Thematically arranged special issues appear in irregular intervals and expand the program.

    Die "Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft" wurde 1906 gegründet. Sie bildet ein Forum für die Problembereiche Philosophie des Schönen und der Kunst, Theorie der einzelnen Künste und Methodologie der Kunstwissenschaften. Seit 1966 erscheint die "Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft" wieder in zwei Halbjahresbänden (von 1966 bis 1999 beim Bouvier Verlag). Die "ZÄK" enthält folgende Rubriken: 1. Abhandlungen; 2. Miszellen; 3. Besprechungen. Beiträge werden im peer-review-Verfahren und vorzugsweise in deutscher, aber auch in englischer oder französischer Sprache veröffentlicht. Die Diskussionen der Zeitschrift werden erweitert und vertieft durch themenorientierte Sonderhefte, die in loser Folge erscheinen.

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