Hoël Duret
Build your own landscape, 2011

Build your own landscape (2011)
SD video 720p with sound, 11’52’’ © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris 2011

The video mimics DIY tutorial videos, like the ones broadcasted in hardware stores shelves and online videos channels.

It explains the best ways to build an American landscape and thus emphasizes its artificiality. In a series of four attempts, the character shows four constructions-of-view that illustrates the major theoretical perspectives on the American landscape such as the private property partition, the experience of the road by the Beat Generation, the Hollywood movies sceneries and the landscaping made by the National Parks Services.

This video was made during a residency program in Marfa, Texas, USA in April 2011.