I am now back from a four day trip to northern Norway and Russia where I went to take part in the final workshop of the Ruin memories project, held at the Svanhovd convention centre in Pasvik, Norway. One whole day was dedicated to presentations and discussion. Topics included ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, politics, photography, digital representation, etc., but what really connected us was our interest in things, and modern ruins in particular. To see some ruins, we went to the Russian side of the border (Nikkel, Zapolyarni, and Pechenga). Those towns aren’t exactly ruined but the elements were really there. What I realised was that we can not talk about ruins and ruin aesthetics as something universal. There are always contextual factors to take into consideration.
I wish to thank everyone who took part in this workshop. Having the privilege to meet and discuss with all those wonderful people really made my own thinking go up a level.