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Ruins and Aesthetics

by Panos Kompatsiaris

Panos Kompatsiaris
PhD in Visual Culture

I am concerned with how images that bear some formal and contextual resemblance could be used as a primary lens through which a research project can be initiated. In such an approach the ‘visual’ becomes the starting point rather than the illustrative material or the final outcome of the project.

Both the images have been taken the same year in different Biennials of contemporary art, the 2011 Venice Biennale and 2011 Athens Biennale. The first image comes from Mike Nelson’s installation, presented in the British Pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale. The second image is of a random, disused but characteristic part of the venue in which the 3rd Athens Biennale was held. They both depict decayed environments that intend to acquire their meaning within the regime of art display i.e. Art Biennales. They both share a common aesthetic, a formal resemblance of decay.
The project wishes to investigate under what conditions decayed ‘environments’ enter the realm of art and what social processes determine their aesthetic appreciation.

Ruins and Aesthetics pt.1/Ruins and Aesthetics pt.2
Photography, (2011)

Date: June 20, 2012

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