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New perspectives to save cultural heritage
Altan, M. Orhan

CIP A 2003 XIX th International Symposium, 30 September - 04 October, 2003, Antalya, Turkey
5.1 "cultural landscapes"
The long-term photographic project entitled "cultural
landscapes" (working title) formulates approaches towards
exemplary cultural landscapes. Sensing these areas comprises
long strolls, careful observation and research on the formation
processes of these characteristic landscapes on natural grounds.
Taking a picture is an attempt to define the optimised position
of the camera in the scene, between diving into it and barely
watching from a distance. This "seen space" forms a "living
world" and reflects a culturally perceived landscape.
In this sense images may be considered extracts and "glimpse-
keepers" of life in motion. Colour and black and white get
together side by side. It is in the act of comparing the single
images to one another that characteristics and differences in
nature reveal and get visible.
AnoYo Group works on "own initiative" as well as for
commissioned projects. Among the main concerns is the
documentation of cultural heritage and landscapes, also in
combined spheres. After a thorough process of research,
classification in social, historical and contemporary contexts
photographs are taken in large format. Selected views are
presented or to put it in a short formula: reflected documentary
Some project examples: German Penal Architecture, Sacred
Sites in Japan, Suburban Architecture of Tokyo, Main Station
Leipzig, Contemporary Architecture in the Medieval City
Centre of Halle, Worlitz Gardens
5.2 "nat.-log."
After this overview of exemplary projects and brief journey into
the wide field of science, education and arts we may recall some
perspective-bundles and experimentally form new ones.
The case study reveals a wide and at the same time detailed
approach towards the monitoring of a natural and cultural
landscape bearing rich but vulnerable heritage (re)sources,
including a comprehensive description of the historical
transformations of this "living heritage".
The documentary projects offer comprehensive approaches
towards scientific descriptions of cultural heritage in context
with active involvement of the regions' inhabitants in this vital
heritage conservation process.
In the study project an educative approach of active group
involvement in the research process is illustrated, towards
sensing (world) heritage in local-global context as part of "our
living memory"
The art projects reveal individual approaches towards sensing
our human natural and cultural basis in reflections of inner and
outer worlds, as "reflected documentaries".
In the careful combination of different documentation methods
and human communication approaches, common scientific
research results may enhance individual artistic reflections or
vice versa creative processes might lead to the development of
new scientific perspectives, supporting a rich variety in the
ongoing sensing of "our natural and cultural heritage -
transformations, collections and creative processes". This rich
fundus may provide a nourishing source for the development of
sustainable strategies in balancing conservation and change as
integral parts of our human existence.
The "nat.-log." project enters the experimental sphere of
different approaches towards or rather exposure to natural
spaces. A collection of texts, graphics and photographs are
offered in a book. Similar to an artists' diary "nat.-log." reflects
on human existence in general and in relation to "untouched"
natural areas, offering extensive long strolls and short glimpses
of sudden viewpoints. A connection towards our prehistoric
memory is stimulated, archaic scripts and signs seem to
reappear, touching upon inner archaic human nature.
The Workshop for Transmissions ("Werkstatt fur
Transmisssionen") collects and edits graphic art, texts, sounds
and all kinds of intermediate forms in experimental
combinations. Generally independant from usual language, the
results may be considered as art objects. According to the
respective topics, mainly considerations on nature, human
existence and related extensions are revealed. The objects have
a wide rage of appearance: artists books, folders, prints, silver-
chrome-photographs, etchings, sound collages, also spacious
book-image-plates mostly in larger formats.