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De la ruine contemporaine : quelques visions dystopiques et spectres de survivances urbaines

Abstract : An allegory of time, the ruin has always associated Knowledge and Imagination. Since the XXth century, however, the ruin has been extensively subverted, shattering the gentle melancholy familiar to us since the Renaissance. With the appearance of ruins of war, alongside the horrifying events and brutality of the modern world, ruin has plunged into a new aesthetic paradigm, marked by tragedy or even kitsch. Ruin no longer takes us back solely to the past. It also conjures up a present whose powers of destruction have reached a new scale. Our postmodern societies are caught in a downward plunge, taking with them more and more spaces that they discard and abandon, replacing them with new economic systems. Yet the concept of ruin is struggling to find its place in a world that is no longer able to provide the conditions necessary for its existence. The unexpected reappearance of a new type of ruin (industrial, ecological or created by war) throws our common vocabulary into disarray, tending to efface ruin not only as a reality but also as a concept in its independent, fragmented and temporal nature. This research therefore explores the way we understand these abandoned or suspended spaces. Sometimes brutal to look at, they disturb our senses as well as our aesthetic and historic references. In Detroit and in Beirut, for different reasons, the ruins of the urban environment can be seen as scars in a fabric that has suddenly lost its function and its identity. From the photographic movement of ruin porn to dark tourism, the contemplation of these ruins raises pressing questions while, at the same time, giving rise to new propositions and new aesthetic and artistic approaches.
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Céline Bonnel Guérard. De la ruine contemporaine : quelques visions dystopiques et spectres de survivances urbaines. Art et histoire de l'art. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019PA01H312⟩. ⟨tel-02951095⟩



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