The Future of Ruins and Ruins of the Future

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The Future of Ruins and Ruins of the Future

Ed. Dimitri Ozerkov, text(s) by Dimitri Ozerkov, Mikhail Piotrovsky, Gabriella Belli


2021. 816 pp., 500 ills.


23.00 x 16.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4541-3

From the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers : Phenomenology of ruins through the ages

The ethics and aesthetics of ruins are a key element in the history of civilisations: it symbolises the presence of the past, but at the same time embodies the potential for future developments. In fact, a ruin is never neutral: caught between nature and culture, suspended between catastrophe and reconstruction, it is immersed in the flow of time while suggesting eternity. In order to give an idea of the historical complexity of the concept, the book which
was created and edited by Dimitri Ozerkov, will range thematically over centuries, focusing on salient points: from the first mythologies of destruction, the effect of divine wrath (Deucalion and Pyrrha, Tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorra, etc.) to the “iconoclastic terrorism” of Palmyra, while also including ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman antiquity, the “instauratio Romae”, the “ruine du Louvre”, and twentieth-century destructions by war and the ruins of the Twin Towers.

14 December 2018—24 March 2019
Venice, Palazzo Fortuny

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