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The Resource Ruin memories : materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past, edited by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir

Ruin memories : materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past, edited by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir

Label
Ruin memories : materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past
Title
Ruin memories
Title remainder
materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past
Statement of responsibility
edited by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir
Contributor
Editor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Modernity is rarely associated with ruins. Yet never have so many ruins been produced, so many sites been abandoned. Since the nineteenth-century, mass-production, consumerism and cycles of material replacement have accelerated; increasingly larger amounts of things are victimized and made redundant. At the same time processes of destruction have immensely intensified, although largely overlooked when compared to the research and social significance devoted to consumption and production. The outcome is a ruin landscape of closed shopping malls, abandoned military sites, industrial wastelands, derelict amusement parks, empty apartment houses, withering capitalist and communist monuments. Ruin Memories is about this ruin landscape. Through a wide range of case studies, analyses, and artistic expressions it brings about the varied tangible features of modern ruins and ruination and explores their significance in relation to a number of issues concerning materiality, heritage, ethics, memory and art. While processes of abandonment and ruination are usually understood negatively through the tropes of loss and deprivation, a key question addressed in this book is whether they can be seen also as acts of disclosure and releasement. To what extent do stranded and abandoned things allow for alternative and involuntary memories? And in what way do they expose meanings and genuinely thingly presences that perhaps are only possible to grasp at second hand when no longer immersed in their withdrawn and useful reality? Ruin Memories moreover addresses how abandonment and ruination may help us rethink heritage and history, and also contribute to a critical aesthetics grounded in the emergence of alternative practices and ecologies. Anybody interested in modern ruins, things, and the archaeology of the contemporary past will find Ruin Memories essential reading
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1978-
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  • Olsen, Bjørnar
  • Þóra Pétursdóttir
Series statement
Archaeological orientations
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  • Archaeology and history
  • Archaeology
  • History, Modern
  • Memory
  • Material culture
  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Abandoned buildings
  • Historic sites
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Social archaeology
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Label
Ruin memories : materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past, edited by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 2.
  • Things, ethics and heritage
  • 2.
  • Trusted vagueness: the language of things and the order of incompleteness
  • Dag T. Andersson
  • 3.
  • Ethics and flesh: being touched by the otherness of things
  • Lucas D. Introna
  • 4.
  • The ontology of absence: uniting materialist and ecological interpretations at an abandoned open-pit copper mine
  • List of figures
  • Timothy J. LeCain
  • 5.
  • Palliative curation: art and entropy on Orford Ness
  • Caitlin DeSilvey
  • 6.
  • Industrial heritage and the ideal of presence
  • Torgeir R. Bangstad
  • 3.
  • Material memory
  • 7.
  • List of contributors
  • My father's things
  • Hein B. Bjerck
  • 8.
  • In ruins old and new: cultivating threat on a former hacienda, Yucatán
  • Jason Ramsey
  • 9.
  • Treasured memories: an anecdotal mapping of wartime caches in Estonia
  • Mats Burström
  • 10.
  • Svaerholt: recovered memories from a POW camp in the far north
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bjørnar Olsen, Christopher Witmore
  • 4.
  • Ruins, art, attraction
  • 11.
  • The affordances and potentialities of derelict urban spaces
  • Joanne Hudson
  • 12.
  • Which ruins do we valorize? a visual calibration curve for the Balkan past
  • Douglas Bailey
  • 13.
  • 1.
  • Children in ruins: bombsites as playgrounds in Second World War Britain
  • Gabriel Moshenska
  • 14.
  • Silent power #1: Trondheim Harbour, Norway, 2012
  • Elin Andreassen
  • 15.
  • Invented revelation
  • Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson, Nökkvi Elíasson
  • 5.
  • Abandonment
  • Introduction
  • 16.
  • No man's land: the ontology of a space left over
  • Dag T. Andersson
  • 17.
  • Conduits of dispersal: dematerializing an early twentieth-century village in Iceland
  • Gavin Lucas
  • 18.
  • Manifestations of conflict in a post-ceasefire state: material, memory and meaning in contemporary Northern Ireland
  • Laura McAtackney
  • 19.
  • 1.
  • Things out-of-hand: the aesthetics of abandonment
  • Dóra Pétursdóttir
  • 6.
  • Archaeologies of the recent past
  • 20.
  • Returning to where we have never been: excavating the ruins of modernity
  • Alfredo González-Ruibal
  • 21.
  • Borders in ruin
  • Anna McWilliams
  • An archaeology of ruins
  • 22.
  • Ruins of the weather war: studying the material remains of Allied and Wehrmacht activities in northeast Greenland
  • Jens F. Jensen, Tilo Krause
  • 23.
  • Materialising Skatås-archaeology of a Second World War refugee camp in Sweden
  • Maria Persson
  • 24.
  • Object-oriented metrologies of care and the proximate ruin of Building 500
  • Timothy Webmoor
  • Index
  • Dóra Pétursdóttir, Bjørnar Olsen
Control code
025793513
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xviii, 492 pages
Isbn
9780415523622
Lccn
2013042673
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Ruin memories : materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past, edited by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir
Publication
Note
"Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 2.
  • Things, ethics and heritage
  • 2.
  • Trusted vagueness: the language of things and the order of incompleteness
  • Dag T. Andersson
  • 3.
  • Ethics and flesh: being touched by the otherness of things
  • Lucas D. Introna
  • 4.
  • The ontology of absence: uniting materialist and ecological interpretations at an abandoned open-pit copper mine
  • List of figures
  • Timothy J. LeCain
  • 5.
  • Palliative curation: art and entropy on Orford Ness
  • Caitlin DeSilvey
  • 6.
  • Industrial heritage and the ideal of presence
  • Torgeir R. Bangstad
  • 3.
  • Material memory
  • 7.
  • List of contributors
  • My father's things
  • Hein B. Bjerck
  • 8.
  • In ruins old and new: cultivating threat on a former hacienda, Yucatán
  • Jason Ramsey
  • 9.
  • Treasured memories: an anecdotal mapping of wartime caches in Estonia
  • Mats Burström
  • 10.
  • Svaerholt: recovered memories from a POW camp in the far north
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bjørnar Olsen, Christopher Witmore
  • 4.
  • Ruins, art, attraction
  • 11.
  • The affordances and potentialities of derelict urban spaces
  • Joanne Hudson
  • 12.
  • Which ruins do we valorize? a visual calibration curve for the Balkan past
  • Douglas Bailey
  • 13.
  • 1.
  • Children in ruins: bombsites as playgrounds in Second World War Britain
  • Gabriel Moshenska
  • 14.
  • Silent power #1: Trondheim Harbour, Norway, 2012
  • Elin Andreassen
  • 15.
  • Invented revelation
  • Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson, Nökkvi Elíasson
  • 5.
  • Abandonment
  • Introduction
  • 16.
  • No man's land: the ontology of a space left over
  • Dag T. Andersson
  • 17.
  • Conduits of dispersal: dematerializing an early twentieth-century village in Iceland
  • Gavin Lucas
  • 18.
  • Manifestations of conflict in a post-ceasefire state: material, memory and meaning in contemporary Northern Ireland
  • Laura McAtackney
  • 19.
  • 1.
  • Things out-of-hand: the aesthetics of abandonment
  • Dóra Pétursdóttir
  • 6.
  • Archaeologies of the recent past
  • 20.
  • Returning to where we have never been: excavating the ruins of modernity
  • Alfredo González-Ruibal
  • 21.
  • Borders in ruin
  • Anna McWilliams
  • An archaeology of ruins
  • 22.
  • Ruins of the weather war: studying the material remains of Allied and Wehrmacht activities in northeast Greenland
  • Jens F. Jensen, Tilo Krause
  • 23.
  • Materialising Skatås-archaeology of a Second World War refugee camp in Sweden
  • Maria Persson
  • 24.
  • Object-oriented metrologies of care and the proximate ruin of Building 500
  • Timothy Webmoor
  • Index
  • Dóra Pétursdóttir, Bjørnar Olsen
Control code
025793513
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xviii, 492 pages
Isbn
9780415523622
Lccn
2013042673
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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