Rose, Emma and Boynton, Neil (2012) mirror. UNSPECIFIED.Full text not available from this repository.
For the benefit of health, wellbeing and quality of life The film Mirror begins from the premise that certain landscapes have the capacity to provide therapeutic benefits. The idea stems from well-established theories of art and culture, and developmental and clinical psychology. In particular, the project is informed by the concept of mentalisation in psychoanalytic theory (Fonagy 1991) linked to ideas concerned with art, culture and the self. The film explores the idea that the face of nature, made visible in the representation of landscape, can be treated as that of a quasi-person with whom the viewer interacts to establish a relationship with potential to enhance emotional self-awareness and empathic capacity. The engagement with nature as a self-other is a key concept in understanding how a viewer might develop a therapeutic engagement with landscape. For many people external forms of nature find an echo in the heart, the objective world connects to make affective traits recognizable within. The imagination facilitates Interpretation of natural phenomena as recognizable self-states. It explicitly involves finding meaning in behaviour or visual and other sensory images. The landscape and natural phenomena engage the imagination in metaphorical thinking to create interpretations of felt-states, applicable to the emotions of others. This experience is enhanced by the representation of nature in the film. Considerations of Method The video presents images captured by cameras positioned in the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps over a period of four months. The cameras were placed in three different positions: one in an alpine rescue hut, two in a ski station, the first of these on the highest apartment block looking toward a ridge, and the other looking across a frozen lake toward a valley. Each was placed in order to give different perspectives on one mountain range, providing an experience that could not be achieved by a viewer’s single geographical location within the landscape. The cameras were set to shoot at 30-second intervals. The images were then compiled into short vignettes, powerfully condensing the actual time taken to shoot. The process enables the viewer to experience the landscape over a longer period than is normally possible, e.g. a twenty-four hour period can be seen in under two minutes. The time-lapse technology allows observation of variations in landscape scenes, from different times of day and night, and contrasting weather conditions. In any one visit the typical visitor would be unlikely to see as wide a range of environmental elements captured over the four months.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Brooklyn Film Festival|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||landscape ; environment ; psychotherapy ; time-compression|
|Subjects:||N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts|
|Deposited On:||22 May 2012 15:08|
|Last Modified:||16 May 2013 10:55|
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