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Here the ruin is not the end of an artefact but rather the beginning of an investigation. From the forensic analysis of the physicality of fragments -- revealing the relations that go into the making and unmaking of objects and commodities -- to the virtual debris of philosophy, it is in its ruined form that a thing reveals its fossilized forces; and from this scattered mess we can start to assemble the connections of a new reality. -- Eyal Weizman , Architect; Director of the Centre of Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London Under Brian Dillon's inspired editorial guidance, this survey of the moods and meanings of ruin and dereliction is as thought-provoking and perceptive as it is intrinsically poetic. It will offer its riches to anyone who has pondered what might be termed the mortality of materials, and read in their demise new and strange accounts of our own condition. -- Michael Bracewell, writer, novelist and cultural commentator

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Brian Dillon's books include Essayism, In the Dark Room, Objects in This Mirror, and Sanctuary. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, frieze, and Artforum. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Queen Mary, University of London, and Visiting Professor in Writing at the Royal College of Art.

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"A useful primer on a subject of perennial interest. Each generation finds something new among the ruins, and this is a good guide to the ruin in contemporary art." -- Amy Trendler, Library Journal Here the ruin is not the end of an artefact but rather the beginning of an investigation. From the forensic analysis of the physicality of fragments -- revealing the relations that go into the making and unmaking of objects and commodities -- to the virtual debris of philosophy, it is in its ruined form that a thing reveals its fossilized forces; and from this scattered mess we can start to assemble the connections of a new reality. -- Eyal Weizman , Architect; Director of the Centre of Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London Under Brian Dillon's inspired editorial guidance, this survey of the moods and meanings of ruin and dereliction is as thought-provoking and perceptive as it is intrinsically poetic. It will offer its riches to anyone who has pondered what might be termed the mortality of materials, and read in their demise new and strange accounts of our own condition. -- Michael Bracewell, writer, novelist and cultural commentator

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