ARCHAEOLOGICAL NARRATIVES OF THE PRESENT (Vienna 2017- ongoing)


Fragments found in the city of Vienna. Work in progress in studio das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria.

 

“Ruins are half human artifact, half nature”

 

 

Notes / Research (work in progress)

 

FRAGMENTS

“fragment, defined as an urban ruin ; it may be a house and its remaining contents or it may just be an assembly of personal relics, images, photographs, and other documents. When the meanings and memories we attach to our experiences are so closely tied to materiality, how can individuals, ethnic groups and even nations rebuild their identities and histories in the face of destruction? In an age of increasing displacement, architects and visual artists are invited, along with historians and archaeologists, to examine and to reassemble such fragments to offer a contribution to the reconstruction of personal or collective identities in zones of present or of past conflict”

“Archaeology is frequently used as a metaphor for connecting to the past and to the collection of fragments”

 

RUINS

“remains of human-made architecture: structures that were once intact have fallen, as time went by, into a state of partial or total disrepair”

—Wikipedia

“Here the ruin is not the end of an artefact but rather the beginning of an investigation. From the forensic analysis of the physicality of fragments—revealing the relations that go into the making and unmaking of objects and commodities—to the virtual debris of philosophy, it is in its ruined form that a thing reveals its fossilized forces; and from this scattered mess we can start to assemble the connections of a new reality.”—Eyal Weizman, Architect; Director of the Centre of Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London

“Ruins show us again—just like the kitsch object—a world in which beauty (or sublimity) is sealed off, its derangement safely framed and endlessly repeatable. It is a melancholy world in which, as Adorno put it, “no recollection is possible any more, save by way of perdition; eternity appears, not as such, but diffracted through the most perishable.”

“Ruins embody a set of temporal and historical paradoxes. The ruined building is a remnant of, and portal into, the past; its decay is a concrete reminder of the passage of time. And yet by definition it survives, after a fashion. … Perhaps the most enigmatic aspect of the time of ruination is the manner in which it points towards the future rather than the past, or rather uses the ruined resources of the past to imagine, or reimagine, the future”.—Brian Dillon

“Ruins belong in part to the aesthetics of everyday life since one is aware of the everyday lives of the people who lived in these towns and cities when they flourished, not as something present but as something hovering in the background, as a possibility that can be contemplated if one wishes.  So, this raises the question of whether the historical interest evoked in our experience of ruins can be separated from aesthetic interest. “— Tom Leddy



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