Corné Strootman works on the fringe of landscape architectural research and filmmaking. His work explores the relationship between the atmospheres that flow forth from the bodily perception of space and the large-scale processes that steer and influence landscapes.
Atmosphere is the ‘character’ of a space, based on the coming together of our bodily sensory experience andour thoughts and memories. An atmosphere is perceived unconsciously and instantaneously and therefore difficult to mediate. The large-scale processes that steer and influence a landscape, on the other hand, are often not perceived at all. Taking place in spatially and temporally diffuse manners. Film has the capability to reveal both of these phenomena.
Film creates an aesthetic experience similar to an atmosphere by bringing together the bodily sensory experience and narrated thoughts and memories. At the same time, film has the capability to reveal processes that shape a landscape through the selection of shots, editing and adding of additional layers like speech and text.
Strootman has a special interest in places that are often taken for granted or lay in the periphery of our daily lives, like industrial zones, infrastructure spaces and agricultural landscapes. In this context he uses film as a notational tool contribute to a discourse of the atmospheric experience and spatial development of these overlooked regions. His forthcoming short film “Painting a portrait: On the fringe of world heritage” revolves around an industrial zone near a UNESCO world heritage site.
Artist in Residence at Kunstmeile Krems (2020, invitation from AIR-Krems and ORTE-Architekturnetzwerk Niederösterreich)
‘Semi-Urban Ijsselmonde’ (Design, 2019, with Gijs de Haan and Vincent Peters, runner-up Europan 15)
‘Contested/Negotiated Oresund’ (Film, 2016, screened at the SLU-conference ‘Beyond-ism, the landscape of landscape urbanism’)
‘The boy who remembers everything’ (Film, 2016, winner UNISCAPE People’s landscapes video contest and screened at the 2016 Galway landscape studies conference “Landscape Values: Place and Praxis” and published in NIPmagazine)
‘That place in the forest’ (Masters Thesis Dissertation, 2016)