chapter  6
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The inhabited view: landscape in the films of david rimmer: Catherine Russell

Landscape in David Rimmer’s films and videos is always already an image. It is not “nature” but an allegory of nature, referring to the image of nature rather than to nature itself. Landscape is thoroughly penetrated by the apparatus of vision-the camera, the gaze, the frame-and the technologies of visual culture. In this chapter I will argue that this allegorisation, or quoting, of the image of landscape constitutes a form of inhabitation, a means of bringing the landscape closer. Once the landscape is an artefact, we are better able to recognize ourselves-the human-in its construction, and the image might be said to become ecological. Nature is not “out there,” existing independently of humans and technologies, but is intimately bound up with them at their mercy and as their support.