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Ness Lafoy

Berghotel Alpenblick, Tenna

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In the Safiental valley, directions are given not as left or right, east or west, but by up or down, at what altitude and, how many valleys over? 

This short film documents one of many exploratory hikes around Tenna, starting from the Berghotel Alpenblick in the village (1640m) to the Tenner Alp (1940m). Documenting how plants change with altitude and reading the shape of the mountains. An attempt to commit a landscape to memory so that it can be used as a means of navigation and orientation.

Short film, duration – 4:58 minutes

Ness is interested in small buildings and big landscapes, working across the fields of architecture, exhibition design, art and landscape. Her current practice – ‘âalp’ – Alpine Architecture & Landscape project, is a collection of ongoing explorations, concerned with all things alpine and with a particular interest in the ‘resortified’ and grafted landscape – the interface between vernacular architecture, human-made intervention and the natural alpine environment. Ness also has a keen interest in narrative drawing and her work has been exhibited internationally.