The Language of The Land

Unlimited Sky
Unlimited Sky

If we understand the landscape as everything around us, the landscape includes the sky and his phenomena such as blueness, clouds, rain, lighting, stars and rays of light.The sky, Tnggri, is the power above all powers. *5

“The landscape is alive, it is a living text”. *2a

"For Aboriginal peoples, country is much more than a place. Rock, tree, river, hill, animal, human – all were formed of the same substance by the Ancestors who continue to live in land, water, sky. Country is filled with relations speaking language and following Law, no matter whether the shape of that relation is human, rock, crow, wattle. Country is loved, needed, and cared for, and country loves, needs, and cares for her peoples in turn. Country is family, culture, identity. Country is self." *36

"Writing in landscapes, landscapes write in you. Sending a voice to the Juarez Baja, the Sangre de Cristos of Colorado, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Himalayas; sending a voice to Death Valley, Ojai Valley, and the hills and valleys of France's Dordogne; sending a voice to the changeable waters of the Virgin Islands and the cold, radiant waters of Tibet's Lake Manasaraovar; sending a voice to Mexico's wet lowland forests and Canada's dark stands of cedar; sending a voice to Abiquiu and the Chama, to Yaxchilan and the Usumacinta. Sending a voice. Yes, it is true; each place has its own voice. Sending a voice, a voice responds." 

 Joan Halifax *35 (posted with permission)

'The Land still speaks to us and The Speaking Land will helps us understand its language'. *0

TEXT IN VIDEO: (...) we knew nothing where we were, or upon what land it was we were driven, whether an island or the main, whether inhabited or not inhabited (...) 

Fragment page 47 from the Novel 'The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe'. 

Daniel Defoe 1719 / Hemweg 8 Amsterdam (kolencentrale/2011 


The Film "Clouds Clouds (...) We Knew Nothing" is made in Amsterdam in The Netherlands in 2011. In the Film you see the image of an Urban Landscape. The camera work is taken in one shot from a static position, the moving parts of the film are the clouds, the smoke, the birds and the moving trees in the wind.  The smoke clouds are from of the coal-fired power station in Amsterdam (The Hemweg Centrale). The Hemwegcentrale is closed since the end of december in 2019. The narration in the film is from the novel "The Life and Strange Surprsing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe, written in 1719. The text is an excerpt from page 47: (..) We knew nothing where we were, or what country were we driven to, be it an island or the main road, inhabited or uninhabited (..) The film is made from a visionary view of the landscape that has changed over time. And not knowing where we have ended up in this world. Clouds are formed by smoke, we can no longer tell the difference.

The film touches on subjects such as  as 'the makeable world, time, change, industrialization, 

the ignorance of humans and the preservation of nature. 


Sunrise /Mount Fuji 12-10-2009/ Stop Motion