As part of the opening weekend programme for the exhibition, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe - Modern Ruins 1:220 at Furtherfield Gallery and following Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene artists' tour Dr Malcom Miles will give a talk on:
A de-industrialised estate
Saturday 21 June, gallery tour 2pm, talk and discussion 3pm
Furtherfield, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
Railways were an integral part of the industrialisation which shaped the environment and social relations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They were also an important element in national identities. Now, as lines and networks are closed and privatised, their empty and abandoned sites create a new Melancolia: an attraction to ruins which becomes a lament for modernity. But this also produces reflections on industry as the defining aspect of modernity: despite its role in climate change, it cannot be written off as bad; it produced material benefits and enabled workers' solidarity. Today, modernity's abandoned estate is either preserved or recycled, and artists critically reconsider the industrial past.
The talk will be followed by a discussion with the artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene.
Dr Malcolm Miles is Professor of Cultural Theory, School of Architecture, Design & Environment, University of Plymouth, his new book 'Eco-Aesthetics: art, literature and architecture in a period of climate change, is published by Bloomsbury www.malcolmmiles.org.uk
Furtherfield Commons is a short walk across the park from the gallery and fully accessible. www.furtherfield.org
Watch a short film of the SEFT-1 journey here
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