Ruinas contemporáneas brings together three essays that weave and question each other: "How do we inhabit contemporary ruins?" by Angelica Tognetti, "Do Yourself a Book (or Many)" by Marla Jacarilla and "Is cybernetic ruin possible?" by Enric Puig Punyet.
Ruins stimulate the imagination: they are poetic spaces that make the passing of time palpable and prompt future reveries. They are places that we can constantly reinterpret, occupying them to fill them with meaning.
In a society of accelerated consumption and production, and of programmed obsolescence, both the objects we use and the architectures we build are subject to rapid degradation and withering, soon becoming ruins. Those of us who float in Western semio-capitalism coexist with extremely new and periodically updated technological devices that, in a considerably short period of time, turn into obsolete waste.
Contemporary Ruins proposes, from different perspectives, an analysis of the deformations of the concept of ruin in the society of consumption and overproduction of waste commodities, and opens up questions about the imaginaries that deploy the remains of capitalism that reject the aesthetic surgery of the smooth, the white and the colonial.
Contemporary Ruins collects the performative activation of the piece Do Yourself a Book (or Many), 2017 by Marla Jacarilla. This activation, carried out at the Escola Bloom in Barcelona together with Enric Puig Punyet, is part of the multiple drifts that the curatorial team of On Mediation/6 developed for the project ESC-OUT: deviations of artistic practices in the public sphere.