RUTH DUSSEAULT

TEXTS

PUBLICATIONS

TERRAIN VAGUE:

PHOTOGRAPHY, ARCHITECTURE & THE POST-INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE

 

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center & Carnegie Museum of Art (2004)

Artists:  Andy Anderson, Lewis Batlz,,Edward Burtynsky,,David Deutsch, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Todd Hido, Douglas Muir, Catherine Opie, Bill Owens and Martha Rosler.  Graphic design by Andrew Blauvelt.

 

“Art’s reaction is to preserve these alternative, strange spaces. As a reflection of the imprecise fluctuations of nature, they are a source of fascination. When architecture and urban design project their desire onto a vacated space, too often it seems capable of doing anything other than introducing violent transformations; turning the foreign into the familiar, changing estrangement into citizenship, and striving at all costs to dissolve the ‘uncontaminated magic’ of the site into a realism of efficacy.”

- Ignasi de Sola-Morales Rubio 1995

 

PLAY WAR : HOMEMADE RECREATIONAL BATTLEFIELDS

 

Paintball is an industry of equipment suppliers. All the playing fields are made by amateurs, using whatever materials remain on the land from its previous use and whatever can be salvaged within an hours' drive. Like apocalyptic folk sculptures, these improvised theater sets reflect the detritus of an industrial century - agricultural machines, building debris, shipping containers, obsolete communication towers, cable spools, loading pallets, railroad ties, junked cars, concrete sewer pipes and truck tires. They are homemade recreational battlefields, sets for spontaneous theatrical events, scattered everywhere throughout the interstitial spaces of America.

 

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MODERN NATURE

 

NEA-funded panoramic survey in Florida of early 20th century tourist attractions that interpret nature. Dating from 1895 - 1950, the sites in MODERN NATURE represented a time that holds little in common with the didactic ecotourism of today. Existing subtropical landscapes were molded into Euro-agrarian mythologies, narratives from the age of exploration and interpretations of Eden. In other words, these sites, designed by amateur salesmen and entrepreneurs, reveal the way people thought about nature before it was threatened.

 

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THE AWARENESS PROJECT

 

A campus-wide student exhibition of temporary sculptural installations that respond to sites on campus. College of Architecture, Georgia Tech (2009)

 

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SELECTED ARTICLES & ESSAYS

 

WE RIDE THE MARTA BUS

Art Papers (July/Aug 2016) commission with Bruce Lampros & Andrea Jurjevic

 

PLAY WAR: HOMEMADE RECREATIONAL BATTLEFIELDS

Places Journal (Nov. 2014), UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design & Network of Academic Partners

 

ECOTOPIA: NYFA PROJECT LAUNCH

Art Papers (Nov/Dec 2014)

 

THE INCOMPLETE ILLUSION: PHOTOGRAPHING THE TRAINING GROUND

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 72, No. 3 (September 2013) University of California Press

 

PEOPLE IN PLACE: ANDRES GURSKY AT MOMA

Art Papers (Aug 2001)

 

MACHINE IN THE GARDEN: A CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD MISRACH

Art Papers (Nov 2000)

 

THINKING LOUD/CUTTING THROUGHT: ARCHITECTURE, FILM & ALLAN WEXLER

Art Papers (Sept 1999)

 

ART IN ODD PLACES: THE ART FESTIVAL AS ALTERNATIVE SPACE

Art Papers (Mar/Apr 1998)

 

ALL THAT IS SOLID:  AN INSTALLATION BY DEBORAH BRIGHT

Art Papers (July 1997)

 

INTERVIEW WITH JOEL GARREAU

Art Papers  (Jan/Feb 1996)

Designer Builder (Oct 1996)

 

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