Ruin/s Media

Selected media on the theme of Ruin/s | 

Paul Kerley, Great Fire: The Grid System for London That Never Happened, The Guardian, 3 February 2016.

 

Something Nostalgic organised by Something Real

The admiration of recent ruins stretches as far back as Piranesi’s romantic etchings. After reading about these Mexican artists on their back-to-the-future foray and listening to this podcast we’re convinced that our sense of nostalgia has formed an even shorter historic memory. Industrial glories fall into ruin faster than ever before and these two films offer playful reflections of hope for changing urban characters.

DETROPIA

Sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. As Detroit’s houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at the “charming decay,” the film’s vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes.

UK: iTunes / Netflix

OF TIME AND THE CITY

Both a love song and a eulogy to the city of Liverpool. A haunting response to memory, reflection and the experience of losing a sense of place as the skyline changes and time takes it toll.

UK: iTunes /BFI Player

Modern Ruins: the ghost factories of Greece

Abandoned factories all over Greece once made everything from marble to nuts and cooking oil – and since they shut up shop, most of them have been looted, which only adds to the scenes of desolation. Yannis Behrakis from Reuters took a 1,550 mile road trip to show the remnants of the country’s industrial past