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Curated Decay - Book Panel Discussion

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, Gower Street

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WC1E 6BT

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Join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the themes of Caitlin DeSilvey's new book, Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

Curated Decay presents an unparalleled provocation to conventional thinking on the conservation of cultural heritage. DeSilvey proposes rethinking the care of certain vulnerable sites in terms of ecology and entropy, explaining how we must adopt an ethical stance that allows us to collaborate with - rather than defend against - natural processes.

Guest speakers Professor David Lowenthal, Dr Haidy Geismar and Professor Rodney Harrison will share their insights in conversation with each other and the author, followed by an intimate drinks reception in the South Cloisters.



“In the experimental heritage policy defended by DeSilvey, decay and entropy are not synonymous of destruction and loss, they open instead the possibility of seeing loss and destruction as the beginning of something new, not only in the material sense of the word but also in the cultural sense of the word, provided people manage to develop new ways of living the permanent change of things in relationship with their own transience and mortality…Curated Decay is an essential contribution to a debate that we can no longer avoid.”

Jan Baetens, Leonardo, May 2017


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