June’s Open Office For Words

June 9, 2009

THE OPEN OFFICE FOR WORDS: Innocent Landscapes

Utö, the last year of an island, bunker in rock

June’s Open Office for Words took place on the 2nd of June at ADA, Area for Debate and Art, Rotterdam.                                                                     

The Office looked at the notion of  innocence together with the concept of landscape. Apart from the Sublime, various ways of reading and understanding landscape were discussed. The Office served French Chocolate Cake, Passion Cake and Apple Crumble Cake and a selection of tea’s and coffee was poured.


Speakers included: Marcel Borsten and Lasse Lau

Marcel Borsten’s talk Innocent Landscapes looked at the relationship between landscape and photography in territorial conflict areas. By focusing mainly on two different notions of landscape: the territorial and the rational, he touched upon the history and philosophy of landscape as he looked at the photographic works of Paul Graham, Peter Goin, Avi Holtzman and Richard Misrach. 

Lasse Laus talk When Space Becomes Imaginary looked at what the naïve eye and the innocent can add to any unknown site. As part of his talk he will screen his latest film Pine Nuts, which examines the political and social relevance of the “invented” city park Horch al-Sanawbar in Beirut. The unusual history of this closed park becomes told through the recollections of US immigrants of the Lebanese Diaspora. Read More…

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