Traces of Modernity

Traces of Modernity

by Dan Smith


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Traces of Modernity by Dan Smith

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Traces of Modernity offers critical engagements with four objects from the nineteenth century: The ruins of the Crystal Palace in Sydenham and the dinosaurs that remain, the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum and the short novel by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine. These provide very different forms of encounter, but are bound by the shadow of the Great Exhibition of 1851. This immense spectacle shaped contemporary forms of display, surveillance and commodity. The legacy of 1851 can be detected in the development of the museum and gallery, yet it was equally formative of today's structures of trade, commerce and political spectacle. Linked by a cumulative narrative that binds the mid nineteenth century to the early twenty-first, the objects discussed in this book are addressed as formations of material culture. They offer problematic engagements with history, but through acts of close reading, also suggest generative models of thought and practice.

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ISBN-13: 9781846948138
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2012
Pages: 139
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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