The conundrum of the ruin, which seduced aristocratic tourists on the Grand Tour of Europe in the 18th century and continues to appear in twitter feeds, captured through the romantic filter of Instagram.
After the last tute I looked into the references we discussed, such as Joseph Gandys’ Bank of England’ commissioned by John Soane. It’s a very interesting one in terms of viewpoint ( I want to draw my terrain in axo) and in terms of thinking of ruins for the future, and idea of prediction, speculation and imagination. – Linking back to Piranesi as well as Steve Jobs.
Some lingering questions that came out of the ouroboros ( snake eating its tail):
– History as continuity vs history as frozen?
– How to create loops where there aren’t?
There was an exhibition last year ” Ruin Lust” at Tate Britain. By Brian Dillon , it features works from Turner to Tacita Dean, across painting, film, and sculpture, it explores the idea of the ruin “of the mind” as well as the real human history that underscores them.
The turning point for the ruin postwar is also depicted in the exhibition.
“Following the mass violence of two world wars, the smoking, nightmarish cities left in their wake, the ruin was no longer an aesthetic ideal, viewed from a distance. It was no longer picturesque, but an immediate reality for those bombed out generations who were forced to rebuild their lives from nothing. To aestheticize such disaster without awareness would be wrong.”