New World Landscapes

Posted by Happy Landings - February 7, 2011

Manufactured Landscapes

Apologies for the lateness of this post.

I wanna share this with you this simultaneously beautiful and devastating documentary, Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky provides some shocking statistics and details the process of modern industrialization. At the same time, he documents heaps of material, quarries and crevices left behind by human intervention into the earth. The images are overwhelming and surreal, with an effect quite similar to the painting we were presented with early last semester (“New American Landscape”). One of the issues we had to consider last semester was how industry and technological process and progress informs thought. As “Manufactured Landscapes” demonstrates, industry, the harvesting of heavy metals, for instance, while destructive and fatal, is also accompanied by a particularly striking aesthetic.

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