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Ruins /

by Dillon, Brian [editor].
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Documents of contemporary art series: Publisher: London : Cambridge, Mass. : Whitechapel Gallery ; MIT Press, 2011Description: 237 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780262516372; 0262516373; 9780854881932; 085488193X.Subject(s): Ruins in art | Arts, Modern -- 20th century | Arts, Modern -- 21st century
Contents:
Modernity in ruins -- The salon of 1767, 1767 / Denis Diderot -- The ruin, 1911 / Georg Simmel -- The pleasures of limestone, 1934 / Adrian Stokes -- A note on new ruins, 1953 / Rose Macaulay -- The Arcades Project, 1927-40 / Walter Benjamin -- Dust, 1929 / Georges Bataille -- Dust, 1998 / Celeste Olalquiaga -- Separation and restoration, 1996 / Susan Stewart -- Theses on the philosophy of history, 1940 / Walter Benjamin -- Memoirs of the blind, 1990 / Jacques Derrida -- Towards a new architecture, 1923 / Le Corbusier -- A tour of the monuments of Passaic, New Jersey, 1967 / Robert Smithson -- Authentic ruins, 2006 / Andreas Huyssen -- Architecture dismembered, 1992 / Anthony Vidler -- The anorexic ruins, 1989 / Jean Baudrillard -- Obscene homes, 2001 / Svetlana Boym -- Leptis magna, 2004 / Geoff Dyer -- Modernist ruins, filmic archaeologies, 2003 / Giuliana Bruno -- Dorit Margreiter, 2008 / Barbara Clausen -- Is modernity our antiquity?, 2006 / Mark Lewis -- Sifting defunct modernity in search of something useful, 2009 / Martin Herbert -- It was what it was : modern ruins, 2010 / Gilda Williams -- The military-industrial sublime -- A handful of dust, 2006 / J.G. Ballard -- Bunker archaeology, 1975 / Paul Virilio -- The weight of time, 2002 / James Lingwood -- Sound mirrors, 1999 / Tacita Dean -- The architecture of life, 2006 / Darian Leader -- The light gleams an instant, 2008 / Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith -- Susan Hiller : The J. Street Project, 2005 / Jörg Heiser -- Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, 2006 / Mark Beasley -- Drosscape -- The crystal land, 1966 / Robert Smithson -- Invisible cities, 1972 / Italo Calvino -- Stumped, 2005 / Eric Schwab and Walead Beshty -- Imaging, 2010 / Patrick Keiller -- The ruins of memory, 2007 / Rebecca Solnit -- Circling the centre, 2006 / Ralph Rugoff -- Lights out for the territory, 1997 / Iain Sinclair -- Mike Nelson : 24A Orwell Street, 2006 / Richard Grayson -- Hinterland, 2002 / Jeremy Millar -- Vera Lutter : spectres of negation, 2004 / Jonathan Crary -- A victim and a viewer : some thoughts on anticipated ruins, 2005 / Magali Arriola -- The archivist of urban waste : Zoe Leonard, photographer as rag-picker, 2010 / Tom McDonough -- The future now -- Fernsehturm, 2001 / Tacita Dean -- The dead town, 2005 / Martin Herbert -- The utopian past, 2007 / Lytle Shaw -- Signs of life, 2008 / J.J. Charlesworth -- An archaeology of the air , 2009 / Brian Dillion -- Modernologies, 2010 / Brian Dillion -- Waiting for the future, 2010 / Nina Power.
Summary: The "ruins" of the modern era are the landmarks of recent art's turn toward site and situation, history and memory. The abiding interest of artists in ruination and decay has led in particular to the concept of the modern ruin--an ambiguous site of artistic and architectural modernism, personal and collective memories, and the cultural afterlife of eras such as those of state communism and colonialism. Contemporary art's explorations of the ruin can evoke on the one hand diverse experiences of nostalgia and on the other a ceaselessly renewed encounter with catastrophes of the recent past and apprehensions of the future. For every relic of a harmonious era or utopian dream stands another recalling industrial decline, environmental disaster, and the depredations of war. This anthology provides a comprehensive survey of the contemporary ruin in cultural discourse, aesthetics, and artistic practice.Summary: It examines the development of ruin aesthetics from the early modern era to the present; the ruin as a privileged emblem of modernity's decline; the relic as a portal onto the political history of the recent past; the destruction and decline of cities and landscapes, with the emergence of "non-places" and "drosscape"; the symbolism of the entropic and decayed in critical environmentalism; and the confusing temporalities of the ruin in recent art--its involution of timescales and perspectives as it addresses not just the past but the future.--Bookdepository
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-231) and index.

Modernity in ruins -- The salon of 1767, 1767 / Denis Diderot -- The ruin, 1911 / Georg Simmel -- The pleasures of limestone, 1934 / Adrian Stokes -- A note on new ruins, 1953 / Rose Macaulay -- The Arcades Project, 1927-40 / Walter Benjamin -- Dust, 1929 / Georges Bataille -- Dust, 1998 / Celeste Olalquiaga -- Separation and restoration, 1996 / Susan Stewart -- Theses on the philosophy of history, 1940 / Walter Benjamin -- Memoirs of the blind, 1990 / Jacques Derrida -- Towards a new architecture, 1923 / Le Corbusier -- A tour of the monuments of Passaic, New Jersey, 1967 / Robert Smithson -- Authentic ruins, 2006 / Andreas Huyssen -- Architecture dismembered, 1992 / Anthony Vidler -- The anorexic ruins, 1989 / Jean Baudrillard -- Obscene homes, 2001 / Svetlana Boym -- Leptis magna, 2004 / Geoff Dyer -- Modernist ruins, filmic archaeologies, 2003 / Giuliana Bruno -- Dorit Margreiter, 2008 / Barbara Clausen -- Is modernity our antiquity?, 2006 / Mark Lewis -- Sifting defunct modernity in search of something useful, 2009 / Martin Herbert -- It was what it was : modern ruins, 2010 / Gilda Williams -- The military-industrial sublime -- A handful of dust, 2006 / J.G. Ballard -- Bunker archaeology, 1975 / Paul Virilio -- The weight of time, 2002 / James Lingwood -- Sound mirrors, 1999 / Tacita Dean -- The architecture of life, 2006 / Darian Leader -- The light gleams an instant, 2008 / Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith -- Susan Hiller : The J. Street Project, 2005 / Jörg Heiser -- Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, 2006 / Mark Beasley -- Drosscape -- The crystal land, 1966 / Robert Smithson -- Invisible cities, 1972 / Italo Calvino -- Stumped, 2005 / Eric Schwab and Walead Beshty -- Imaging, 2010 / Patrick Keiller -- The ruins of memory, 2007 / Rebecca Solnit -- Circling the centre, 2006 / Ralph Rugoff -- Lights out for the territory, 1997 / Iain Sinclair -- Mike Nelson : 24A Orwell Street, 2006 / Richard Grayson -- Hinterland, 2002 / Jeremy Millar -- Vera Lutter : spectres of negation, 2004 / Jonathan Crary -- A victim and a viewer : some thoughts on anticipated ruins, 2005 / Magali Arriola -- The archivist of urban waste : Zoe Leonard, photographer as rag-picker, 2010 / Tom McDonough -- The future now -- Fernsehturm, 2001 / Tacita Dean -- The dead town, 2005 / Martin Herbert -- The utopian past, 2007 / Lytle Shaw -- Signs of life, 2008 / J.J. Charlesworth -- An archaeology of the air , 2009 / Brian Dillion -- Modernologies, 2010 / Brian Dillion -- Waiting for the future, 2010 / Nina Power.

The "ruins" of the modern era are the landmarks of recent art's turn toward site and situation, history and memory. The abiding interest of artists in ruination and decay has led in particular to the concept of the modern ruin--an ambiguous site of artistic and architectural modernism, personal and collective memories, and the cultural afterlife of eras such as those of state communism and colonialism. Contemporary art's explorations of the ruin can evoke on the one hand diverse experiences of nostalgia and on the other a ceaselessly renewed encounter with catastrophes of the recent past and apprehensions of the future. For every relic of a harmonious era or utopian dream stands another recalling industrial decline, environmental disaster, and the depredations of war. This anthology provides a comprehensive survey of the contemporary ruin in cultural discourse, aesthetics, and artistic practice.

It examines the development of ruin aesthetics from the early modern era to the present; the ruin as a privileged emblem of modernity's decline; the relic as a portal onto the political history of the recent past; the destruction and decline of cities and landscapes, with the emergence of "non-places" and "drosscape"; the symbolism of the entropic and decayed in critical environmentalism; and the confusing temporalities of the ruin in recent art--its involution of timescales and perspectives as it addresses not just the past but the future.--Bookdepository

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