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    The ruin as memorial - the memorial as ruin

    Arnold-de-Simine, Silke (2015) The ruin as memorial - the memorial as ruin. Performance Research 20 (3), pp. 94-102. ISSN 1352-8165.

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    The ruin allows for a visualization of different forms of mourning: we mourn loss, death, decay and destruction; man-made and natural catastrophes; humanity’s futile and successful attempts to master nature; and nature’s indifference to humans and their cruelty against one another. But do we need to conceive memorial ruins differently, depending on whether they commemorate gradual decay and mortality, a natural catastrophe, or various types of governmental, military or economic violence? Could the aesthetic of the ruin dangerously confuse very different forms of terror, violence and violation, directed against other nations, political opponents or ethnic minorities, perhaps even rendering invisible human agency and erasing the specificities of the historical context? Or may the ruin help us to discern where these structures and practices of violence converge? These and related questions are explored in this article.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online:
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, Birkbeck Research in (BRAKC)
    Depositing User: Silke Arnold-De Simine
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 07:57
    Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 19:06


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