Collecting the Ashes of Time: The Temporality and Materiality of Industrial Ruins in Wang Bing's West of the Tracks | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1059-440X
  • E-ISSN: 2049-6710



The enigmatic and evocative characteristics of ruins (for example, ruined monuments, gardens, tombs, or steles) and the visual representations of ruins by painting, photography, and cinema, have been explored and elucidated by philosophers, theorists, art historians, and film scholars over decades or even centuries. The romantic tendency to aestheticize ruins in terms of their innate beauty as objects of venerable decay (Schonle, 2006: 649-669; Makarius, 2004: 81, 84, 108) has been contested by Walter Benjamin (Benjamin, 1977) in the modern period, since war catastrophes and human disasters which have resulted in vast ruins in the 20th Century make the aesthetic appreciation of ruins problematic.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...
  • Article Type: Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error