Title: RUINED – A Mortal Dilemma
Synopsis: This lecture examines the paradoxical presence of the ruin, its’ existence determined by the very context within which it is viewed at any historical point in time. Above all it explores how the ruin is mediated by those who more consciously acknowledge it as a cultural form, be they artists, architects, film-makers, or other creatives (using the idea of ruin as an expressive conduit), or those who are ‘consumers’ and documenters of ruin sentiment. The ruin sentiment covers a spectrum from the romantic, through the bleak, to the apocalyptic; being home at times to both peace and rage.
Lecture duration: 1.25 hours.
Learning outcomes: Deliberately inter-disciplinary in approach, the lecture offers up the many strands of thought on Time without entertaining any absolutes or fixed ideologies. It sets out to demonstrate how apparently disparate approaches are in fact a rich source of inspiration and fresh impetus. Students should be able to identify specific areas of interest that would contribute to practical work or further research. The lecture is of high relevance to students of most creative disciplines, be they from Photography & Time-based media/Sound, Graphic Design/Advertising, Illustration, Fine Art, Architecture, Humanities, Art History.