Modern Ruins: Revealing the Other Face of Things

Author(s): Bjornar J Olsen

Year: 2013


Modern ruins hold an ambiguous position in both academic and public discourse. By blurring established cultural categories of past and present, purity and dirt, waste and heritage, they become matter out of place and out of time. In this paper I draw attention to another source for this ambiguity, at the same time disturbing and attracting, and which is argued constitutes a crucial aspect of their ruin value: the manifestation of things in their released otherness. 

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Modern Ruins: Revealing the Other Face of Things. Bjornar J Olsen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428616)


modern ruins releasement Things

Geographic Keywords
Norway Western Europe

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 4.883; min lat: 57.988 ; max long: 31.074; max lat: 71.138 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 560