Modernization and the Landscape

Modernization and the Landscape

‘Work Smarter, Earn More’
The Modernization of Dutch Agriculture in Films 1923-1982
Studium Generale Series organized in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

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Modernization and the Landscape

Short introduction by Peter Veer (filmmaker and scientific researcher at UvA)

How did the modernization of Dutch agriculture influence the landscape? We start in 1957. In the educational movie From the Old to the New (19 min.) the focus lies solely on the positive effects of the reallocation of farmland. Having your land concentrated in one spot leads to more efficient farming.

In The Eilandspolder (1974, 25 min, colour) we visit an old polder, which is a wetland where farming is very inefficient. Quite a few of pieces of land are sold to recreationists from the city, and the polder is also an ideal breeding area for water fowl. How can these interests be brought together? In All Things Change (1980, 29 min, colour) the clash between farming, recreation and nature conservation intensifies. Can these categories really be separated?