The Spirit of the [Natural] Place

Based on a chapter in Christian Norberg-Schulz’ Genius Loci: Towards a phenomenology of Architecture (1980) this film questions his categories of natural landscape by juxtaposing images from romantic (Norway) and cosmic (Jordan) landscape. This is not a confrontational critique and the language in the film is Norberg-Schulz’ own. However, certain disturbing elements are concealed within the (spatial) texture. Minor and major adjustments of Norberg-Schulz’s original material (as the addition of a model – window, constructed and displaced) creates ambiguity within a dynamic network of focalizer and focalized.

The film was screened as part of the Site-Writing/Site-Reading Exhibtion at Cities Methodologies, 2013

A second video was recorded as a commentary. Here I discuss my choices, methodology and treatment and use of theory.

Filming in Wadi Rum, Jordan, April 2013. The Spirit of the [Natural] Place.
Filming in Wadi Rum, Jordan, April 2013. The Spirit of the [Natural] Place.
Norway, Halden. The Spirit of the [Natural] Place.
The Window. The Spirit of the [Natural] Place.
The Window. The Spirit of the [Natural] Place.

The project received financial support from Halden Kommune.

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