The transitory condition and changeable nature of the landscape gives the name to the project, as there are as many landscapes as experiences of it. ‘Transitory Landscapes Laboratory’ , TransLAND Lab., is a project based on the connection between art, geography and territory that aims at creating new discourse and artistic experiences about the elements that configure contemporary landscapes. Talking about landscape is talking about perception and we are talking about senses and the human body . TransLAND Lab. is based on the exploration of the multisensory nature, the intangible values and the multiplicity of existing landscapes through the body and sensory lived experience. TransLAND Lab. links theory and practice, combining this dichotomy. This relationship is considered in both directions : the practice leads to theory, and theory into practice. The aim is to develop a cross-cultural study on the perception of the body and the environment complemented with texts by contemporary Western and Eastern studies : Christine Greiner, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Yi-Fu Tuan, Augustin Berque Francesco Careri, Joan Nogué Watsuji Tetsuro, Shigegisha Kuryama, among others. The starting point of this analysis is the research on concepts such as fudo and fudo-sei as conceptualized by Watsuji Tetsuro. The starting point to to study the subjectivities of the landscape and the individual and collective imaginary of the people who inhabit the areas where TransLAND Lab. is developed.

The methodology of TransLAND Lab. is open to the site and to the community of the site. The work is developed at individual and collective level and is articulated through various actions: Landscape’s experiences: performances in the site (landscape’s choreography) video creation, links and relationships with the local community: walks, drifts, workshops, collective choreography and emotional mapping with the aim to participate in the process of sensibilitzation of landscape’s conflict and climate’s change . An important character of TransLAND Lab. is the interdisciplinary (artists, geographers, landscapers , architects…) and the heterogeneous nature and versatility of the professionals involved.

Zoe Balasch