In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films.
Author: Dora Apel
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhere—the paradigmatic city of ruins—and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery, imagery ultimately driven by a pervasive and growing cultural pessimism, a loss of faith in progress, and a deepening fear that worse times are coming. The images of Detroit’s decay speak to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disaster—in short, the failure of capitalism. Apel reveals how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the haunted beauty and fascination of ruin imagery, embodied by Detroit’s abandoned downtown skyscrapers, empty urban spaces, decaying factories, and derelict neighborhoods help us to cope with our fears. But Apel warns that these images, while pleasurable, have little explanatory power, lulling us into seeing Detroit’s deterioration as either inevitable or the city’s own fault, and absolving the real agents of decline—corporate disinvestment and globalization. Beautiful Terrible Ruins helps us understand the ways that the pleasure and the horror of urban decay hold us in thrall.
This book provides the first recent philosophical account of how ruins acquire aesthetic value.
Author: Tanya Whitehouse
This book provides the first recent philosophical account of how ruins acquire aesthetic value. It draws on a variety of sources to explore modern ruins, the ruin tradition, and the phenomenon of “ruin porn.” It features an unusual and original combination of philosophical analysis, the author’s photography, and reviews of both new and historically influential case studies, including Richard Haag’s Gas Works Park, the ruins of Detroit, and remnants of the steel industry of Pennsylvania. Tanya Whitehouse shows how the users of ruins can become architects of a new order, transforming derelict sites into aesthetically significant places we should preserve.
18 Here , as in his dream narrative , Pearse praises youthful beauty at the point at
which it is cut off . ... terrible , beautiful voice which is invoked three times in the
play ' s closing pages and which was to return in the ' terrible beauty ' celebrated
Author: Christine Clegg
Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart Limited
Category: Social Science
The nature of childhood has been much in the public mind recently. Moral panics continually arise about both child victims and child perpetrators of crime. And alongside the horror stories of the headlines, another kind of media representation of children churns out images which evoke nostalgia for a lost golden age of childhood.
Despite this impressive start he was unnerved by the scale of the war and fretted
about the limited range of his subject - matter , apologising for its lack of variety to
his commissioners in London : I'm afraid that I have not done many ruins .
Author: Paul Gough
Publisher: Sansom (Acc)
In-depth survey of artists of the Great War, including Paul Nash, Muirhead Bone, Nevinson, Orpen, Stanley Spencer and Wyndham Lewis.
It was a terrible place . ... Many of the buildings had been beautiful homes for the
gentry before they retired to residences south of the Liffey , an irony not lost on
Margaret Skinnider when Con ... I found the poor among the ruins of grandeur .
The pendant of the Project for the Grand Gallery features an Imaginary View of
the Grand Gallery in Ruins [ Figure 66 ) , a ... and the sublime as the order of the “
great ” and the “ terrible , " S was elaborated by Kant , who stated : “ the beautiful
His image of " shattered glass and toppling masonry " is framed by “ the ruin of all
space ” and “ time one livid final flame , " the Kantian forms in images of Blakean
apocalypse . For what matters to Joyce and Blake , for all their differences , is ...
... status of Homo sapiens : one species among millions of other beautiful , terrible , fascinating and signifying — forms . As we contemplate the fin de siècle
environmental ruins that stretch out before us , we can at least be clear about one
But though his ghost truly haunts , as I know , those terrible ruins above
Radicofani , it is hardly that fact which will ... is the view — such a view as I think
you may find nowhere else in all Tuscany , so wide it is , so majestic , and so beautiful .
... atmosphere to a beautiful and terrible poison , that had covered a continent
with ruins that overawed the modern world , that had conjured up a demon out of
electronic circuitry , that had torn themselves to pieces in the end . - A terrible
A beautiful full - color jacket and prominent advertising will help you sell it .
PUBLICATION : March ... The scene is French Indo - China of today , from beautiful , terrible Saigon into the jungle ruins of a lost civilization . It's exciting ...
it's strange ...
A terrible volcano seemed to have swallowed up most of the city , as down in the beautiful , clear water is plainly to be seen the walls and ruins of houses . On our
return we passed many famous places recorded in the time of Nero and his ...
With the detached , piercing mind of a mystic he saw beyond the beautiful , terrible experiences of that campaign , and in the musically rhythmical prose of a
poet he expressed his ... Then the idea was gone and the work ended in ruins .
The statue of unhappy Menelaus holding the beautiful body of Patroclus makes
me think , because of its sadness , of all the tears which have been shed in the
world as the result of the terrible tragedy of war which has so lately engulfed it .
Beloved , this is the most wonderful day of my life . I adore you . ... In other words ,
who she would befriend and who she would ruin . The tally was ... But she
changed direction halfway there , a terrible suspicion clenching her guts . She
ran as ...
Author: Melanie Rawn
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Torn apart in childhood by the intrigues and machinations of their elders, three Mageborn sisters take their stands against one another on opposing sides of a conflict between two powerful schools of magic.
rounding the Gulf of Pozzuoli, a beautiful, terrible volcanic area of hot springs,
steam and sulphurous gas, which the ... The majestic ruins of the Greek Temple
of Neptune at nearby Paestum rank with the Temple of Concord in Agrigento.
For beauty credible tenacity -- either winning against may cover - especially to
the young man the defendant or giving him à vietory seeking hungrily for his mate
in life - a that also meant his ruin ; this terrible very mean or a very malignant ...
(Beautiful, terrible and stark land! Oil painting by a great master. But it lacks a
series of ruins and the official gallows of Pangalos.) There are of course moments
of brightness too, during which a different sense of things and places comes to
Author: State Bar Association of WisconsinPublish On: 1946
The large castle on the hill was in ruins ; beautiful churches and cathedrals lay in ruins . Nuremberg was a city of ... destruction was made in about forty - five
minutes by the air force — and indeed it was terrible destruction . As you look at
It is interesting that both the earliest Muslim divines and the earliest Christian
priests were equally shocked by the terrible condition of the untouchables, once
they came to find out about ... To all the people of India night is beautiful and
Author: Austin Coates
Attempts to explain the Oriental mind to the Westerner and break down preconceptions of the East.