Aereality: Essays on the World from Above

By William L. Fox


PART 1: Out West
1 Targeting
2 Earthworks
3 The Pit . . .
4 . . . and the Stack
5 The Horizontal City
6 The Angels of Mulholland Drive
7 Surveillance


PART 2: again East
8 Time Flies By
9 The 11th of September Trail
10 The Vertical City
11 floor Truth


PART three: Down Under
12 Mount Kosciuszko: 2,228 Meters (7,310 Feet)
13 Pennyroyal
14 Lake Eyre: forty nine toes lower than Sea Level
15 Lake Eyre: 4,500 toes Above Sea Level
16 Alice Springs
17 Over Canberra . . . and l. a.

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So how, I questioned, could they view colonial eu panorama work of Australia from the 19th century, or extra expressionistic ones performed via Australian artists resembling Sidney Nolan and Fred Williams within the 20th century, either one of who used Aereality [FIN]. qx6 1/13/09 12:58 PM T W O web page eleven P I C T U R E S A N D A S T O R Y eleven aerial views? How, I puzzled, had flying in airplanes and searching at aerial pictures inspired modern Aborigine artists of their attitudes towards land and the way they represented it? And what may our tradition, the place the aerial view of truth is now basic to how we form land-use guidelines, between different things—what may possibly we research from their perceptions? those questions have been of willing curiosity to me, as I felt that writing approximately aereality from a exclusively ecu and North American perspective will be a truly restricted examine what a universally shared human skill and wish to shape aerial perspectives. whilst my hosts in Canberra recommended that I should still go back to enquire all of this extra completely, I fortunately agreed. Australia and the yankee West have been explored at in regards to the comparable time, and either had built hugely urbanized parts with a lot of the intervening drylands left empty. either areas had suffered from expansionist rules, extractive industries, environmental degradation, the displacement of indigenous peoples, and from these kind of elements a serious reordering in their landscapes. either arid lands have been tough to navigate, hence had first-class assets of appropriate artifacts for me to interrogate, delivering compact but complicated lodes of work, pictures, and different visible strains. a few of the parallels had already been explored in a 1998 bi-national exhibition, New Worlds from previous, that mentioned the similarities in their panorama paintings within the 19th century, yet a lot was once left to be performed. while, the land itself and the human interplay with the 2 lands have been varied. Australia is a miles older continent than North the USA, its geomorphology infinitely extra eroded and oxidized. The indigenous humans of Australia are one of the oldest in the world, and their cultural traditions a long way predate our longest constantly practiced ones. In Australia there will be new info, which the anthropologist Gregory Bateson outlined really accurately as “news of distinction. ” distinction and evaluate may were the way in which a conventional paintings historian may need positioned it. As i started to border up a piece plan, Mike gentle provided to enable me accompany him as he flew round the American West photographing its deserts and towns. That, i made a decision, will be the place i might start, in normal territory and with modern paintings performed above flooring that I had traversed walking Aereality [FIN]. qx6 12 1/13/09 12:58 PM web page 12 A E R E A L I T Y and in wheeled automobiles for years. i'd manage to examine aerial and floor perspectives and strengthen a few information of the variations and distances among them, but in addition how you may tell the opposite.

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