The Assemblage as Aesthetic Place. A Reading between Aesthetics and the Anthropocene of The Mushroom at the End of the World

Authors

  • Ivano Gorzanelli University of Bologna

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2612-0496/16095

Keywords:

Assemblage, Landscape, Cities, Progress, History

Abstract

The text proposes an interpretation of the category of assemblage starting from Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's reflection in The Mushroom at the End of the World. The hypothesis we suggest is that through the theoretical figure of assemblage, as image, place, concept, space of livability, Tsing along the multi-voiced itinerary of her text deconstructs the linearity and compactness of certain landscape histories. In doing so, Tsing resorts both to a precise and pointed critique of the idea of progress - especially thanks to W. Benjamin - as well as the search for a modelling of the landscape that has above all in the indeterminate and in chance encounters the reasons for its being. In Tsing's text, the assemblage becomes both the concrete experience of a place and a way of observing that allows an aesthetic reading and a critique of Landscape and cultural heritage to be combined.

References

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World. On the Possibility of Life in Capitalism Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Paolo Missiroli, Teoria critica dell’Antropocene. Milano: Mimesis, 2022.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, The Human Condition in the Anthropocene in "The Tanner Lectures in Human Values". New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.

Augustin Berque, Écomène. Introduction à l’étude des milieux humains. Paris : Belin, 2000.

Walter Benjamin, On the Concept of History, in Selected Writing. Cambridge: The Belknap, Press of Harvard University Press, 2003.

———, The Arcade Project. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999.

Siegfried Kracauer, Straßen in Berlin und anderswo. Suhrkamp: Frankfurt am Main, 2009.

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Published

2023-04-18

How to Cite

Gorzanelli, I. (2023). The Assemblage as Aesthetic Place. A Reading between Aesthetics and the Anthropocene of The Mushroom at the End of the World. European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes, 5(2), 115–126. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2612-0496/16095