Antisubjectivism and the (spectral) return of consciousness in landscape research

Grennan, Simon 2016, Antisubjectivism and the (spectral) return of consciousness in landscape research, in Consciousness, Theatre Literature and the Arts 2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, Eng..

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Title Antisubjectivism and the (spectral) return of consciousness in landscape research
Author(s) Grennan, Simon
Conference name Consciousness, Theatre Literature and the Arts. International Conference (6th: 2015: Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Conference location Brooklyn, N.Y.
Conference dates 10-12 Jun. 2015
Title of proceedings Consciousness, Theatre Literature and the Arts 2015
Editor(s) Meyer-Dinkgräfe, D
Publication date 2016
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Summary This paper analyses the changing conceptions of consciousness within landscape research over a critical period from the late 20th century to the present. The 1980s and 1990s mark a radical shift in the framing of consciousness away from psychological, perceptual, or experiential perspectives towards an ontology of consciousness as signifier, cultural artifact, and ideology. In cultural geography and the visual arts, these reframings can be characterised as anti subjectivist in that they do not attempt to problematize human consciousness so much as deactivate it and disqualify it from discussion. I draw out the theoretical and critical foundations of these antisubjectivist approaches as well as the subsequent opening out of the notion of landscape in more recent discussion. This ‘opening out’ implicates a more complex reengagement with minds, bodies, and landscapes and with the contested distinctions between subject and object. At the same time however, consciousness is seldom formulated explicitly within the literature and hence consciousness often occupies a spectral presence in the landscape of landscape research. I use one of my own paintings, Dalek in Landscape, to presage the discussion and attempt to highlight the tensions between these ideological, cultural and biological dimensions of consciousness at play within the landscape idea. Given the broader adoption of these anti-subjectivist developments within the academy, the example of landscape serves as a potentially useful case study for thinking upon the changing conceptions of consciousness in cognate creative and academic disciplines.
ISBN 9781443897945
Language eng
Field of Research 190103 Art Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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