Globalization and the Art of Ruin

Public Lecture, Centre for Cultural Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, April 6, 2015.


Drawing on the work of Arjun Appadurai, Jaques Rancière, and David Harvey, this talk focuses on how, under conditions of intensified globalization, ruin aesthetics have not only become an important part of accelerated urban development, but also now serve to alleviate the very condition of anxiety they produce. It argues that the "art of ruin" has evolved into a visual regime in which frictions between urban change, heritage, and memory are being expressed and contested yet also flattened and contained.

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