This project, procures an approach to the contemplation of one of the keys given to the
intelligence for the understanding of the human condition. As one of the most poetic
forms of the disclosure of existence, the landscape of our planet, presents a so simple
event like wonderful, and is the one, who marks the finiteness of our immediate
command, at the same time that it announces us the possibility of infinite.
The condition of finiteness, inherent to our life in this world, as much as our
consciousness of the infinite; the longing of the truth in an existence signed by the
mystery, and the scope of the meaning of the landscape in the human condition, all of its
become apprehensible in what we call : the horizon condition.
- Title Original : La Condición Horizonte
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- Notes : The notion of
"inhabiting" is specifically inherent to the habitat.
Landscape is the cultural dimension in which the notion of
"inhabiting" is constructed, preserved and inherited.
Therefore, landscape is the human sense of habitat. This act of
inhabiting is singled out by the characteristics and natural elements
of the habitat. Among these features, the
horizon is, in our view, the most important in shaping the human
is in its being a producer of subjectivity that lies the power of
landscape. Its fundamental power is rooted in the function of
determination of human identity.
This is the specific
power of landscape, due to the fact that it includes the subjective
dimension. Thus, the landscape category acquires a specific
connotation that distinguishes it from other conceptual categories
that are inherent to the habitat,e.g.
environment, ecosystem, territory.Then,
its specific power is related to this
condition of including the subject. Thissubject
of landscapeis of utmost important as
it provides an interface through which human beings relate to and
interact with the territory.
As a consequence,
preservation, intervention and landscape design all involve an impact
on the human dimension in the order of subjectivity, of identity. The
power of landscape lies in the fact that landscape is the subjective
dimension of territory, and this becomes more relevant in a
globalized world where the territory becomes the last line of
resistance of cultural identity. This means that the territory -or
landscape, its subjective dimension- has a key role in each
individual's "being in the world", which in the words of
Martin Heidegger would be thedasein.1
Landscape is the last discernible human
skin, as follows from the idea of thevarious
skins of human beings in the conception
of Hundertwasser described by Pierre Restany.2
the world -we make it part of us. Incorporating the world is making
the world a part of our body, but not only in regard to the elements
that materially constitute our corporeality. According to Felix
we might consider landscape as asubjectivity
producing medium as well as -in the
conception of Edgar Morin-4a
key element related to what Morin calls "self-eco-construction
of the subject." We refer to that othercorpus
that is constructed from landscape, that is a part of us and thus
affects us if it is affected.
The topology and
dynamics of human thought, of humans' inner world, of thismicrocosm,
is marked by landscape in its being a producer of subjectivity.
Landscape is an extension
of the body and it is on this concept that the exploration of the
human right to landscape should be primarily based.
The definition of the
human condition is the most ambitious achievement that human beings
can aim to. The condition of being in the world is determined by the
configuration of this condition.
human beings, and it is in the physical world given to human life
where it is expressed on the planetary landscape, whose meaning is
evidently a part of an absolute sense.
Thus, the keys to
this human condition arise from a hermeneutics of the planetary
landscape. It is reasonable to assume that the possibility of meaning
is based on the existence of an absolute sense, a concept taken from
which then comprises all that is understood by consciousness-
the fragmented senses.
The scope of the
meaning of landscape in the configuration of the world we inhabit is
implicit in the roots of ourJewish-Christian
culture, even when it is not explicitly mentioned. A Biblical passage
?... God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were
below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse?.
Here, the concept of horizon as a configuring element is already
In this creative
act, the horizon is revealed indirectly as the element that
configures the reality to be inhabited by human beings throughout
essay is an approximation to the consideration of the horizon as one
of the keys given to human intelligence for the understanding of the
human condition. The horizon marks the finitude of our existence and
our immediate perception, and at the same time announces the
possibility of the infinite and triggers the intuition of the
transcendent, of what isbeyond.
The horizon defines
the limits of and the way in which human cognition of reality is
possible. While humans can intuit or rationalize the whole, our
perception of the delimited part is
Landscape is the
portion of the whole assigned toinhabiting.
The horizon is its limit, its support,
its configuring element. When defining the purposes, conditions or
criteria for landscape intervention, this condition of landscape
should have a privileged position in the hierarchy. At the same time,
this feature that constitutes the power of landscape and the
relevance of the scope of landscape interventions is the aspect that
determines the specificity of landscaping or landscape design as a
Landscape is the
place where the finite condition of our perception and our life in
this world, as well as our intuition and consciousness of the
infinite, are projected and materialized. Landscape serves as the
foundations of our metaphors. In the intersection of the expression
of nature and the expression of human beings as a part of it, the
subtle and veiled desire to achieve certainty in an existence marked
by mystery has a graspable meaning which defines the human condition
in its landscape. We have come to call this meaning thehorizon
Heidegger, M. (2001)Conferencias
Power of Art. Hundertwasser - The Painter-King with the five skins.
Guattari, F. (1997)Caosmosis.
Morin, E. (1995)Introducción
al pensamiento complejo.
J. (1996) El crimen
- Project start : 2011
- Project end : 2014
- Contact Person : Fernando Martínez Agustoni
- Location : Uruguay, Montevideo, lat : -34.902263568726360000 - lng : -56.141252517700195000 address : Francisco Muñoz, Montevideo 11300, Uruguay