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4.0 out of 5 stars A varied anthology of texts on the theme of ruins, 9 April 2012
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This review is from: Ruins (Documents of Contemporary Art) (Paperback)
The back cover explains the book as follows:
"This anthology offers a guided tour of the modern ruin as a portal onto what is of vital interest to artists in the culture and politics of the recent past. Among its subjects are the signifying roles of entropy and decay, 'non-places' and 'drosscape' in a critical environmental art, and the disorienting character of the relic and the spectral in contemporary artworks - an involution of perspectives and timescales that addresses not just the past but the future."

All texts are divided in four main parts more or less chronological:
Modernity in ruins, 20
The military-industrial sublime, 100
Drosscape, 138
The future now, 186

It reads more or less easily depending on the style of the source author, and the interest of any single reader. Every text is given the full reference of the original publication, and its original notes, where appropriate.
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