Saturday, June 26, 2021

From a strange planet - 34

 Fv. 115 Hemnes - Google maps - The webcam shows a harmonious hilly landscape. There's a pleasant horizon. The woods suggest dark narrow paths and meditative clearings. Easy walks with classic books in the backpack. German romantics. Nordic walking. On some days impressive clouds form in the sky. Quietly the grain grows in the fields.

There's a small house that's also a bus shelter. - See Thomas Ligotti. - I never saw a person waiting there. Nor did I see a parked bicycle.
There's a whiteness in the distance. A line of pixels. A conceptual artwork made by farmers. See Christo. I will sell it by NFT.
Houses shine at night. Like always. - See Igor savchenko. 4-94-22, The road to the distant forest, where a small light was twinkling from time to time last night. Look here.
At night the roadsign looks like Hallucigenia. By day it's just Fv. 115.

Fv. 169 Åserud - Google maps - Impressive emptiness throughout the year. In winter the woods are transparent and vertical. In summer they are solid and spherical. No one comes here. But then, suddenly, a square appeared on the asphalt. A new artwork by Jeroen Jongeleen .

Fv. 172 Holter - Google maps - An empty road. There is something behind the trees, but we don't know what. By day we see vague shapes. By night we sea a vague glow. There is something but it doesn't want to talk. It wants to keep its distance.

Rv. 2 Føttaskjæret - Google maps - There's a sign. And a crossroads. Go left and there's a house behind trees. Go right and there are empty woods. Very empty woods. I checked.

Fv. 24 Storsjøen - Google maps - The boat is always there when I look. There's a mountain on the other side of the lake. You could take the boat to get there. Could you walk over the ice in winter?

Fv. 181 Finsbråtan - Google maps - The snow is melting. Houses are hidden in the woods. They listen to space signals. At night they watch the satellites.

Fv. 33 Feiring - Google maps - The house is almost hidden. It looms. It attracts ghosts of autumn.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Dash cam landscapes - 2

I was surprised when I discovered the dashboard camera pictures. I could not believe that these fleeting moments were recorded. I could not believe that these moments of tragedy had been fixed and then shared in public.
It is terrifying that I will never know the aftermath of these accidents. I don't know if they were deadly, if people were wounded or if they just caused material damage. We see the moving life before and a still life after. We are shocked by the difference.
This can happen to all of us. It need not be a car accident, it can be any act of fate. We see speed and then we see the end of speed. We see the tumbling, we see the rolling, we see how it comes to rest and then we see the sky. Do we look through living or through dead eyes? Is this the final picture or just a cliffhanger? Why don't we see big letters spelling out: "T H E   E N D" ?
We see a normal situation. Was this normal situation restored or was it been destroyed forever?
We look at a road, somewhere far away, somewhere nowhere. We see the dry giant hogweed and then we see the stalks being mowed down.
Normally we would not care about this place, but now it is special. The place is transformed by spectacle. Would it be worth to come here and investigate? To sit in silence and awe.
Impossible to tell, but in the meantime we can admire the poetry of the situation like a surrealist painting. We stare, think and puzzle.
There is that one tree. It is worth looking at. 
It is like a modern artwork. (Wolfgang Tillmans, Lighter 33, 2007)
The road runs through the landscape and there are strange objects along the route. (SoiL Thornton, So Warm Out, That's A Lot Of Sea Weed Chips, 2014)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

From a strange planet - 33

There are traffic cams in the Netherlands too. But there are only 26 of them and they are much less interesting than the Norwegian traffic cams. But during snowfall they present a nice, gray, flat landscape. At night they present a futuristic cityscape. The cameras are not fixed, so you almost never get the same landscape twice.

In the night they present a futuristic cityscape that escaped from a cyberpunk movie. Only if the cars could fly!
Sometimes you even catch a detailed view of somewhere:

Friday, April 9, 2021

Dash cam landscapes

There was a time when I watched Russian dash cam videos.
Many of them ending in horrible accidents.
The tumbling car would come to rest and I would see a small place in great detail.
In silence.

That I - in the Netherlands - would see that one tree, that specific blade of grass, that lonely roadside weed. They were recorded, they will not be forgotten.

I feel the earth move - I feel the tumbling down - the tumbling down.
(Philip Glass - Einstein on the beach)

I searched the internet at random for other fitting comments. 
I have no talent for good texts, but I can search for them. This is what I found:

We drove approximately 400 km by automobile from Chelyabinsk through Stepnoie to the Arkaim and recorded vegetation structure at random by visual observation along major traffic roads running with automobile approximately 10 km in distance.
The types of vegetation depended mainly on physiognomy with relatively smaller scale approximately some hundreds square meters: Pinus forest, Betula forest, cultivated land and pasture.
Plots along the major roads were randomly selected to cover representative vegetation pattern. Further, around the Arkaim, major vegetation types ware described. Field observations were carried out during early summer season, middle June in 2008.
This theory is contradicted by the 12 hours I spent yesterday watching Russian car dash-cams on YouTube. The russian car inventory must turnover at least every 6 months. Literally and figuratively. (3 stars or bust)
There’s a deeper point here: if your view of Russian life is conditioned by what is available on YouTube, you’e asking for a pretty skewed view of the country. The people who post dash-cam videos are, by definition, those who have cars, dash-cams, and internet connections. Faberge eggs are very pretty, but they say relatively little about per capita wealth in Russia on the eve of the revolution. (Ckb)
As we approached the city, we saw:
  • a billboard advertising a concert,
  • large signs on top of the buildings near the railway,
  • the cathedral on the hill,
  • the towers rising from the horizon gleaming in the sun,
  • the skyscrapers thrusting, soaring, sitting above the rest,
  • a crowd in front of the showroom near the highway,
  • more and more people along the way,
  • very ominous dark clouds in the sky,
  • orchards and orchards,
  • the high and snow capped peaks.
She proposes that the brains of all six species have gotten bigger because humans have radically changed the landscape. Where there were once pristine forests and prairies, there are now cities and farms. In this disrupted environment, animals better at learning new things were more likely to survive and have offspring.

Sources:
The video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-VymQeFoVQ
Dash cams:
http://animalnewyork.com/2012/russian-dashcam/
http://coolmaterial.com/roundup/10-craziest-russian-dash-cam-videos/
http://www.wired.com/2013/02/russian-dash-cams/
http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/russia-dash-cam-videos-livejournal/
Landscape flora and fauna:
Vegetation landscape around the Arkaim eco-preserve, southeastern Ural, Russia
NYtimes - as-humans-change-landscape-brains-of-some-animals-change-too
Dash-cam comments:
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2015/02/sentences-about-russia.html
Found poetry:
Bing search for "as we approached the city"