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Ways to confuse the past. Ruins and artistic interventions in Villa San Luis de Las Condes


KeywordsTriple Keywords
Concept formation
Context (Linguistics)
Situation (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Context
Property--Law and legislation
Civil government
Political thought
Political science
Commonwealth, The
Political theory
Science, Political
Retention (Psychology)
Digs (Archaeology)
Excavation sites (Archaeology)
Excavations (Archaeology)
Sites, Excavation (Archaeology)
Archaeological excavations
Archaeological digs


The article contributes to the discussion on the concept of ruin, taking as the case of analysis the traces of Villa San Luis in the Comuna of Las Condes (Santiago de Chile). In the context of the situation of property and property disputes faced by this icon housing project driven by the socialist government of Salvador Allende, we note the ways in which ruin represents a sensory hunger in the city’s supposed space/temporal continuity, and we analyse a set of artistic strategies around this milestone that — using suggested and open visual resources — give it visibility and memory to a space threatened by the implacable development of the urbe.

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