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Dillon, Brian, 2011, Book, Sanctuary Sternberg Press, Berlin. ISBN 9781933128870

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Sanctuary is the first published outcome of an AHRC Research Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2008–11). Dillon’s project was entitled Ruins of the Twentieth Century, and was concerned with the reality and representation of modern ruins. Dillon undertook research into specific sites and into the history of ruin aesthetics in architecture, art and literature. The project constitutes both an academic survey and a literary extension of recent cultural attachments to the concept of the modern ruin. Its final outcome will be an exhibition, ‘Ruin Lust’, at Tate Britain in summer 2014.
Sanctuary is a novella based on project research into a representative post-war ruin: the remains of St Peter’s Seminary (Gillespie, Kidd and Coia 1961–7) at Cardross, Scotland. The book is based on field research at the site and archival inquiry into the design and subsequent decline of the building. Its originality lies not only in its excavation of a significant landmark in the history of modern architecture in Britain but also in its development of an experimental literary form. The book moves between narrative and a mode of description that expresses the materiality of the site: both strands are informed by architectural and topographical writings of the late modernist period, including the ‘nouveau roman’ and the essays of Robert Smithson.
Sanctuary was chosen as one of the books of the year 2011 by Frieze magazine. It was reviewed in various publications including the Irish Times (2011): ‘The novella is an exploration of the way in which our senses of self and others are irrevocably bound up in concrete things and places that act as physical repositories for our memories.’

Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V360 History of Architecture
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2012 08:23
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2014 11:58
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1123

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