The case study for DISTURBED HARMONIES [Anthropocene Landscapes] delves into the history of land reclamation in the Netherlands by connecting its political and economic dimensions with the tradition of Dutch landscape painting.
LUCTOR ET EMERGO is a complementary case study to NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IN A PLACE WHERE DREAMS BECOME REALITY. While the latter was inspired by contemporary phenomena of land reclamation processes in South Korea, the former is dedicated to the history of these land reclamation practices that developed in the Netherlands over centuries and have been exported worldwide.
Luctor et emergo (to fight and to rise) is the motto of Zeeland, which repeatedly lost vast territories in storm floods since the medieval ages. They were reclaimed with immense effort during the following centuries. Juxtaposing this worldview with Nothing is Impossible in a Place Where Dreams Become Reality (the claim of a Korean construction corporation) illustrates the anthropocentric approach and belief in technological progress that characterises human actions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. While the first statement is based on the fight against nature, which is nevertheless acknowledged as a powerful opponent, the latter understands natural resources as modelling clay serving the fulfilment of human desires.
The case study was inspired by papers of sociologist …