"Landscape is Picture" is an outdoor installation that addresses the history of “landscape” as an always pre-determined image, which is necessary a representation of physical environment rather than the real site. Moreover, the piece will deal with the increasing tendency among us to experience the world through images, and compulsion to take pictures.
The starting point of this piece is a tool known as Claude-Glas. Ein Claude-Glas ist ein kleiner, getönter und gerahmter, leicht nach außen gewölbter Spiegel, der im 18. Jahrhundert. Most commonly black, it was used first by landscape painter to view landscape and decide composition, and later on by tourists when they were visiting sites depicted in famous paintings as the reflection on its black surface appeared more “painterly” than the real landscape.
This piece of art and tourism history is connected with the contemporary tendency among us to look at every exceptional site, including beautiful landscape, through our smartphones, the black mirror of our time.
This piece consists of eight black mirrors. They are installed in an elevated position overlooking the sublime mountains of Tyrol. However, in order to view the reflection on these mirrors, one has to turn her back on the landscape, just like the 18th century tourists with Claude-Glas, or like contemporary tourists taking selfies.