The value of sublime memes as design challenges in the Anthropocene - P.Roncken

As a representation in forms of art, nature can be designed and manipulated. This has lead to a long history of fantastic proposals, designs and fantasies of different types of nature. Being a landscape designer myself, I find inspiration in art; yet the landscapes that I design are not art, they are part of larger ecologies and living systems. A haunting question to me then is, ‘to what extend is art different and more flexible than ecology’?

Organised by Landscape architecture, Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning

Tue 12 February 2019 13:30

Venue Radboud University, Faculty of Science, Nijmegen
Room HG02.537
I have found an answer by examining the concept of ‘the sublime’. As an aesthetic and nature-related concept, the interpretation of the sublime has gone through a renaissance of renewed interest and speculation since the 1990’s. From a cultural perspective, aesthetics only exists as a ‘distanced’ or ‘disinterested’ view. However, from an experiential/ecological perspective this notion can be challenged. A 21th-century notion of the sublime is as embodied as it is imagined. Such a concept is just what we need to face dissonant phenomena such as ecosystem disruption and climate change, in an age, by some labeled the Anthropocene.