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Catastrophe and its fallout: notes on cataclysms, art and aesthetics, 1755-1945

Dirk De Meyer UGent (2011) Tickle your catastrophe! : imagining catastrophe in art, architecture and philosophy. In Studies in Performing Arts & Media 9. p.13-31
abstract
While ruins are the disquieting vegetation of the mental forest of the eighteenth century, and while destruction is an essential, inherent component of modern art — at least since the late nineteenth century’s definition of the artist as a genius destined to transgression of aesthetic and social rules —, the eerie fascination for terryfing catastrophes is of another category. Focusing on some natural and man-made historic catastrophes that struck major cities, from the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, over the Paris Commune to the air raids of the Second World War, the lecture will discuss the represention of catastrophe. It will show how catastrophes tickled men — artists and philosophers — to change philosophical insights and aesthetic theory, and eventually develop early post-apocalyptic thinking; how it stimulated the development of new art forms and altered their scale of enterprise, how its representation borrowed from older art forms and eventually developed new iconographies.
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subject
keyword
history of urban planning, history of photography, history of architecture, catastrophe, ruin
book title
Tickle your catastrophe! : imagining catastrophe in art, architecture and philosophy
editor
Frederik Le Roy UGent, Nele Wynants, Dominiek Hoens UGent and Robrecht Vanderbeeken UGent
series title
Studies in Performing Arts & Media
volume
9
pages
13 - 31
publisher
Academia Press
place of publication
Ghent
ISBN
9789038217222
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B2
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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1198357
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1198357
date created
2011-03-28 18:01:58
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2017-01-02 09:54:39
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  abstract     = {While ruins are the disquieting vegetation of the mental forest of the eighteenth century, and while destruction is an essential, inherent component of modern art --- at least since the late nineteenth century{\textquoteright}s definition of the artist as a genius destined to transgression of aesthetic and social rules ---, the eerie fascination for terryfing catastrophes is of another category.
Focusing on some natural and man-made historic catastrophes that struck major cities, from the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, over the Paris Commune to the air raids of the Second World War, the lecture will discuss the represention of catastrophe. It will show how catastrophes tickled men --- artists and philosophers --- to change philosophical insights and aesthetic theory, and eventually develop early post-apocalyptic thinking; how it stimulated the development of new art forms and altered their scale of enterprise, how its representation borrowed from older art forms and eventually developed new iconographies.},
  author       = {De Meyer, Dirk},
  booktitle    = {Tickle your catastrophe! : imagining catastrophe in art, architecture and philosophy},
  editor       = {Le Roy, Frederik and Wynants, Nele and Hoens, Dominiek and Vanderbeeken, Robrecht},
  isbn         = {9789038217222},
  keyword      = {history of urban planning,history of photography,history of architecture,catastrophe,ruin},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {13--31},
  publisher    = {Academia Press},
  series       = {Studies in Performing Arts \& Media},
  title        = {Catastrophe and its fallout: notes on cataclysms, art and aesthetics, 1755-1945},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
De Meyer, Dirk. 2011. “Catastrophe and Its Fallout: Notes on Cataclysms, Art and Aesthetics, 1755-1945.” In Tickle Your Catastrophe! : Imagining Catastrophe in Art, Architecture and Philosophy, ed. Frederik Le Roy, Nele Wynants, Dominiek Hoens, and Robrecht Vanderbeeken, 9:13–31. Ghent: Academia Press.
APA
De Meyer, Dirk. (2011). Catastrophe and its fallout: notes on cataclysms, art and aesthetics, 1755-1945. In Frederik Le Roy, N. Wynants, D. Hoens, & R. Vanderbeeken (Eds.), Tickle your catastrophe! : imagining catastrophe in art, architecture and philosophy (Vol. 9, pp. 13–31). Ghent: Academia Press.
Vancouver
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De Meyer D. Catastrophe and its fallout: notes on cataclysms, art and aesthetics, 1755-1945. In: Le Roy F, Wynants N, Hoens D, Vanderbeeken R, editors. Tickle your catastrophe! : imagining catastrophe in art, architecture and philosophy. Ghent: Academia Press; 2011. p. 13–31.
MLA
De Meyer, Dirk. “Catastrophe and Its Fallout: Notes on Cataclysms, Art and Aesthetics, 1755-1945.” Tickle Your Catastrophe! : Imagining Catastrophe in Art, Architecture and Philosophy. Ed. Frederik Le Roy et al. Vol. 9. Ghent: Academia Press, 2011. 13–31. Print.