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The Aesthetics of Decay

Nothingness, Nostalgia, and the Absence of Reason

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Dylan Trigg

In The Aesthetics of Decay, Dylan Trigg confronts the remnants from the fallout of post-industrialism and postmodernism. Through a considered analysis of memory, place, and nostalgia, Trigg argues that the decline of reason enables a critique of progress to emerge. In this ambitious work, Trigg aims to reassess the direction of progress by situating it in a spatial context. In doing so, he applies his critique of rationality to modern ruins. The derelict factory, abandoned asylum, and urban alleyway all become allies in Trigg’s attack on a fixed image of temporality and progress. The Aesthetics of Decay offers a model of post-rational aesthetics in which spatial order is challenged by an affirmative ethics of ruin.
The Author: Dylan Trigg is a research student at the University of Sussex, England, where he earned his M.A. in aesthetics. He completed his B.A. in philosophy at the University of London. He has published widely on aesthetics, continental philosophy, and space and place.