Destruction Rites: Ephemerality and Demolition in Postwar by Mona Hadler

By Mona Hadler

within the early sixties, crowds collected to monitor rites of destruction – from the demolition derby the place makeshift vehicles crashed into one another for game, to concert events the place musicians destroyed their tools, to performances of self-destructing machines staged by way of modern artists. Destruction, in either its playful and fearsome features, was once ubiquitous within the new Atomic Age. This advanced subjectivity was once not only a manner for individuals to discover catharsis amid the fears of annihilation and postwar trauma, but in addition a posh instantiation of ideological crisis—in a time with a few heavily conflicted political myths.

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