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Tickle Your Catastrophe! Imagining Catastrophe in Art, Architecture and Philosophy

Whereas at the end of the twentieth century societies had to work through the traumatic  effects of a century of political extremism and found the drive to rebuild society in the  prospect of a better future, it is now, at the beginning of this new century, the fear of an  inevitable and complete catastrophe that reigns. Worst-case scenarios have always played a  role in the way our culture has imagined the future. The impending depletion of the world’s oil  resources, the devastating effects of climate change, steep population growth, the breakdown  of the economic system, pandemics and the threat of international terrorism have made  catastrophe into a crucial notion to understand our relation with our time today. More than  ever before, the expectation of catastrophe shapes our notion and experience of temporality  and influences our ability to act in the present.

This book wants to question the present future of calamity by focusing on the imagining of catastrophe, in art, architecture and philosophy. It collects some of the most inspiring contributions of the conference and reflects the interdisciplinary approach of this meeting. The  first part entitled “Ruin Value” addresses the motif of the ruin in visual art and urban planning.  The second section “State of Emergency” gathers texts on catastrophism in philosophy and  literature. The contributions of “Media Disaster” focus on how images of catastrophe  are mediated and mediatized in film, painting, the news and the performing arts.  Subsequently, the final section “Worst-Case Scenarios” considers the method of scenario  thinking as a common strategy in the political discourse on global warming, the military,  artistic interventions and urban planning. 

With contributions by Lieven De Cauter, Dirk De Meyer, Nicolas de Oliveira & Nicola  Oxley, Pedro Gadanho, Vlad Ionescu, Thijs Lijster, Naeem Mohaiemen, Dany Nobus, Eli Noé,  Johan Pas, Patrick Primavesi, Christian Salewski and Susan Schuppli. 

Edited by Frederik Le Roy, Nele Wynants, Dominiek Hoens, Robrecht Vanderbeeken

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Studies in Performing Arts & Media # 9
Ghent, Academia Press, 2011, 215 pp.
ISBN 9789038217222  
www.academiapress.be 

Made with the support of Jan van Eyck Academie, the Department of Studies in Performing Arts & Media of Ghent University, the Research Centre for Visual Poetics of Antwerp University, the Department of Fine Arts of University College Ghent (KASK).