Theses on Landscape -
(1)Landscape is not a genre of art but a medium.
(2)Landscape is a medium of exchange between the human and the natural, the self and the other. As such, it is like money: good for nothing in itself, but expressive of a potentially limitless reserve of value.
(3) Like money, landscape is a social hieroglyph that conceals the actual basis of its value. It does so by naturalising its conventions and conventionalising its nature.
(4)Landscape is a natural scene mediated by culture. It is both a represented and a presented space, both a signifier and a signified, both a frame and what a frame contains, both a real place and its simulacrum, both a package and the commodity.
(5)Landscape is a medium found in all cultures.
(6)Landscape is a particular historical formation associated with European imperialism.
(7)Theses 5 and 6 do not contradict one another.
(8)Landscape is an exhausted medium, no longer viable as a mode of artistic expression. Like life, landscape is boring; we must not say so.
(9)The landscape referred to in Thesis 8 is the same as that of Thesis 6.
W.J.T Mitchell – Landscape and Power