the process is the artwork

Portal into the past and future

Ellen Ringstad curator talk, pOTSYMPOSIUm 11.10.13, at pOTSYd. Photo: Rasmus Hungnes.

Ellen Ringstad / Rasmus Hungnes artist/curatorial talk, pOTSYMPOSIUm 11.10.13, at pOTSYd. Photo: Rasmus Hungnes.

«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: There must be a certain (perhaps indeterminate) amount of a built structure still standing for us to refer to it as ruin and not as a heap of rubble. At the same time, the ruin casts us forward in time; it predicts a future in which our present will slump into similar disrepair or fall victim to some unforeseeable calamity. The ruin, despite its state of decay, somehow outlives us. And the cultural gaze that we turn on ruins is a way of loosening ourselves from the grip of punctual chronologies, setting ourselves adrift in time.»

– Brian Dillon – “Introduction: A Short Story of Decay”  (in “Documents of Contemporary Art: Ruins”)

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