Visuality and Transformation
The visuality defines the visual relationships between observer and space.
After reading paper MINES, QUARRIES AND LANDSCAPE. VISUALITY AND TRANSFORMATION, I identified a couple of interesting and relevant ideas. “Visuality”, alternative to the classical “visibility” used in landscape studies related to mining activity, which explores the qualitative aspects that define the visual relationships between observer and environment.” (Jimeno, 2016). An emphasis is given to landscape integration and deep transformation following mining activity. The research emphasises the difference between landscape-territory and landscape-image. It is a territorial materialization of a landscape-image.
“Life’s meaning was connected to the problem of transcending our past conditioning
and moving our lives forward.” (The Redfield, 1993)
One of the recent emerged concepts compares two trends to approach disused quarry land reclamation. “Heal the wound” or “assume the wound and emphasize its value.” As the spectator requalifies himself through regeneration, the wound is “closed” but not in a way that is meant by hiding or concealing. A past is totally rewritten, and regeneration within is happening… “The ignition state … grants us this extraordinary ability to reformulate our past.” (Alberoni, 1983)
This is a very interesting concept and in my research relates to personal regeneration of a person who in life goes through both phases. I think I would rather approach it from this angle: as the spectator requalities himself through regeneration, the wound is “closed” but not in a way that is meant by closing or hiding or concealing. This is probably the realizations take place. It is where the ignition state is happening, as described in the Le Choc Amoureux book by Francesco Alberoni. A past is totally rewritten, and regeneration within is happening.
“I have seen a lot of changes. When we came,
the quarry was a huge hole around 60ft deep. It
is now filled in, grassed over and a haven for
wildlife – foxes, deer, badgers, the occasional
slow worm and a tawny owl that roosts in our
oak tree, to name a few… As restoration continues,
hopefully the wildlife will continue to flourish,
and we will get our footpaths back.”
Renaturalisation happens when nature takes over former quarries. Remediation term is for used for describing the organic, healing process. “Rehabilitating a space in order to “heal the scar” leads to acceptance of that landscape as a place devalued after the alteration and therefore re-qualification is conducted through mechanisms of concealment, mimicry, assimilation of the environment or re-naturalization processes.” (Jimeno, 2016)