Ilona Schneider – Solastalgia, by Raymond Arnold

This essay was written by Raymond Arnold, for the exhibition ‘ Solastalgia’, at Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ), 2015.    The gods of war thunder continuously over the horizon. Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North draws us back into visceral experiences of the Japanese war and particularly that…

Philosophical Reflections on Nostalgia and Solastalgia

This essay was written by Ingo Farin, for the exhibition ‘ Solastalgia’, at Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ), 2015.    After the devastation of World War II, Martin Heidegger wrote: “Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world.”[i] He thought that the technological-scientific assault on the earth and its consequent transformation into a…

Pete Hay on Solastalgia

The following text was written by Pete Hay for the exhibition ‘ Solastalgia’, at Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ), 2015.    There is tragedy in belonging. We have a deep need ‘to come from’, to have a locus for dwelling, as the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger, has said. Call it home. Call it place. But…