Landscape as Weapon

Cultures of Exhaustion and Refusal

John Beck

Landscape as Weapon

John Beck

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208 pages | 20 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781789143058 Will Publish December 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Once the playgrounds and raw material for the avantgarde, abandoned places and things—decommissioned military sites, postindustrial spaces, contested and forgotten edgelands—are now just as likely to be seen as assets for entrepreneurs or connoisseurs of the authentically worn-out. This is the age of patina, where the material remains of times past—the fields and factories, test sites, back alleys, machines, and statues—are coveted, adored, mourned, and commemorated, as well as sometimes despised. Through an exploration of a wide range of recent film, photography, art, and writing about place, Landscape as Weapon argues that these abandoned sites are a critical arena for debate about the meaning of space and time under late capitalism.
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