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The eye and the hand: Professional sensitivity and the idea of an aesthetics of work on the land

Winkler, Justin. (2005) The eye and the hand: Professional sensitivity and the idea of an aesthetics of work on the land. Contemporary Aesthetics, 3. p. 289.

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Abstract

Academic aesthetics is guided by the visual and notions of distance. In this article I want to study how an aesthetics of work, of process and proximity, could function. I am asking why the peasant population has been always been supposed not to have an aesthetic appreciation of their land. I contend that they had some kind of appreciation, but that this was conceived expressed in terms fundamentally different from the academic and pictorial landscape aesthetics. With the term 'professional' sensitivity and examples from the Swiss Alps and Southern France, I discuss the question of how an archaeology of an autochthonous aesthetics can be done.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geographie > Humangeographie / Stadt- und Regionalforschung (Schneider-Sliwa)
UniBasel Contributors:Winkler, Justin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Contemporary Aesthetics
e-ISSN:1932-8478
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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