Fictioning the Landscape

O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2018. Fictioning the Landscape. Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 5(1), pp. 53-65. ISSN 2053-9320 [Article]

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In this brief article, I want to look at a particular form of what David Burrows and I call fictioning when this names, in part, the deliberate imbrication of an apparent reality with other narratives. The form I have in mind is what has become known as the film-essay, or what Stewart Home calls, in his foreword to the third of my examples below, the ‘docufiction’ (Home 2011: 3). The latter operates on a porous border between fact and fiction, but also, in the particular articulation I am concerned with, between fiction and theory and, at times, the personal and political. It is an increasingly popular genre in contemporary art practice. In what follows, I will be especially concerned with how the docufiction can involve a presentation of landscape, broadly construed, alongside the instantiation of a complex and layered temporality which itself involves the foregrounding of different pasts and possible futures. Fictioning also refers to the way in which these other space-times need to be performed in some way, for example with a journey through or to some other place as in a pilgrimage.

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Film-essay, Docufiction, Fictioning, Landscape

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Visual Cultures


9 March 2018Accepted
31 May 2018Published

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09 May 2018 14:40

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13 Apr 2021 15:19


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