The law says: “The beauty of landscape has to be preserved.” Scientist Michael Roth‘s mission is to measure the whole of Germany, concerning scenic beauty – looking for its most beautiful and its ugliest areas. On the Lower Rhine, a gigantic hall is to be erected, where Mrs. Köser spend her childhood playing in the fields. In the Black Forest, Mr. Lutz fights against windmills on the top of the mountains. On the shores of the North Sea, Mr. Pohlmann creates new landscapes, more beautiful landscapes. And Mrs. Brodowy cannot walk through the forests anymore, because highways are cutting through.
THE MAP OF BEAUTY depicts landscape as a political area, created by ongoing battles for resources: recreation, money, speed, identity, future. A new map emerges. Being more than a mere aesthetical description, it is factual basis for decisions, that affect all of us. What world do we want to live in?