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.
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66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. See Pincus ... Apel, Beautiful Terrible
Ruins, p. 110; and Pincus and Christian, Canvas Detroit, pp. 70–75. On Canilao's
Author: Paul Dobraszczyk
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The Dead City unearths meanings from such depictions of ruination and decay, looking at representations of both thriving cities and ones which are struggling, abandoned or simply in transition. It reveals that ruination presents a complex opportunity to envision new futures for a city, whether that is by rewriting its past or throwing off old assumptions and proposing radical change. Seen in a certain light, for example, urban ruin and decay are a challenge to capitalist narratives of unbounded progress. They can equally imply that power structures thought to be deeply ingrained are temporary, contingent and even fragile. Examining ruins in Chernobyl, Detroit, London, Manchester and Varosha, this book demonstrates that how we discuss and depict urban decline is intimately connected to the histories, economic forces, power structures and communities of a given city, as well as to conflicting visions for its future.
Are these genuine ruins, and which interpretation of this built environment is best,
at least at this point in time? ... has become only the most extreme example of
what is happening in the nation's declining cities” (Beautiful Terrible Ruins, 154).
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.
Beautiful, Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline. New Brunswick, NJ:
Rutgers University Press, 2015. Arnold, Sara. “Urban Decay Photography and
Film: Fetishism and the Apocalyptic Imagination.” Journal of Urban History 41, no.
Author: Siobhan Lyons
This collection is the first book to comprehensively analyse the relatively new and under-researched phenomenon of ‘ruin porn’. Featuring a diverse collection of chapters, the authors in this work examine the relevance of contemporary ruin and its relationship to photography, media, architecture, culture, history, economics and politics. This work investigates the often ambiguous relationship that society has with contemporary ruins around the world, challenging the notions of authenticity that are frequently associated with images of decay. With case studies that discuss various places and topics, including Detroit, Chernobyl, Pitcairn Island, post-apocalyptic media, online communities and urban explorers, among many other topics, this collection illustrates the nuances of ruin porn that are fundamental to an understanding of humanity’s place in the overarching narrative of history.
The city was in a terrible ruins, all the beautiful, historic bridges were destroyed,
so we crossed the Danube through a temporary bridge. It was a flimsy
construction as I recalled walking and looking at the river through the large
Author: Steven L. Kaczeus
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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... brings him into contact with the terrible , beautiful voice ' that comes out of the
heart of battles ' 9 . a ' 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
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.
Sternberg's Flouring Mill In Ruins. At about 8:30 o'clock last Saturday night the
most ... It was indded terribly beautiful; terrible in the loss it was causing, beautiful
from a pyrotechnic standpoint. The hills and mountains reflected back the lurid ...
Author: Sanford Gladden
A compilation of transcribed newspaper accounts of new construction, as well as physical improvements to existing structures, in Boulder, Colorado, 1859-1900.
An afternoon of yet more climbing was not an attractive proposition. ... Forgetting
his tiredness, he swiftly scaled the terraces – and there, at the top, half hidden
among the lush green trees and the spiky undergrowth, he saw ruin after ruin.
Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: Hachette UK
A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century. Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative. From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.
... the life in him down to where there was no light, hope, or positive thought, He
sensed that this terrible feeling of powerlessness was the emotion that would
destroy his people. ... The end of everything beautiful and meaningful was near.
Author: C. Descry
Publisher: Author House
Well written! Well researched! Hold your emotions!!! History and mystery combined! Arnie Cain, called to investigate the body of a Native American found in a shipping crate in an old Sedona trading post. The trail leads Arnie, and his wife Susan, from Arizona to southwestern Colorado and the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation. Forces are organized to stop the telling of history that may come to light as a result of the investigation. Cain s probing exposes the horrors of the antiquities trade---including the trade in mummified bodies. Norman Beardancer, dynamic spiritual leader of the Ute people and, his wife Regina, work with the tribal elders to recreate the history of the Weminuche Utes. They try to find out who the man found in the shipping crate was. They are opposed by forces that do not want the Ute history told. Doctor Ferner Getts, grandson of an early 20th century grave robber and antiquities trader. A pompous academic who has "edited" historical records to protect major museums and antiquities collectors. George W. Avery, now Advisor to the President for Indian Affairs, his stereotypes and bigotry reflect U.S. policy toward the Ute Tribe. Anasazi Bill, one of Sedona s underground people, has been trying for years to learn who killed his father. Now, Cain s investigation leads him back to the reservation to help recreate the times when his father traded with the Utes. The Willis Clan, pot hunters, antiquities traders and grave robbers! They formed a trade network with Sedona, Arizona as the outlet.
Director Ming had used the words, had visited the ruins and spoken with Surya.
Could Surya have destroyed the ... The terrible haunting air of the chamber
seemed to have dissipated, the scent of death gone. For the first time since
pocketing it ...
Author: Eliot Pattison
Publisher: Minotaur Books
In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government. Released unofficially from the work camp to which he'd been sentenced, Shan has been living in remote mountains of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks. Without status, official identity, or the freedom to return to his former home in Beijing, Shan finds himself in the midst of a baffling series of events. During a ceremony meant to rededicate an ancient and long destroyed monastery, Shan stumbles across evidence of a recent murder in the ruins. Now Shan is being torn between some officials who want his help to search the ruins while others want him to disappear back into the mountains - with one group holding out the tantalizing prospect of once again seeing the son from whom Shan has been separated for many years. In a baffling situation where nothing is what it appears to be, where the FBI, high ranking Beijing officials, the long hidden monks, and the almost forgotten history of the region all pull him in different directions, Shan finds his devotion to the truth sorely tested. Traveling from Tibet to Beijing to the U.S., he must find the links between murder on two continents, a high profile art theft, and an enigmatic, long-missing figure from history ...in Eliot Pattison's Beautiful Ghosts.