Infrastructural Brutalism

Infrastructural Brutalism

Art and the Necropolitics of Infrastructure

Michael Truscello


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How "drowned town" literature, road movies, energy landscape photography, and "death train" narratives represent the brutality of industrial infrastructures.

In this book, Michael Truscello looks at the industrial infrastructure not as an invisible system of connectivity and mobility that keeps capitalism humming in the background but as a manufactured miasma of despair, toxicity, and death. Truscello terms this "infrastructural brutalism"--a formulation that not only alludes to the historical nexus of infrastructure and the concrete aesthetic of Brutalist architecture but also describes the ecological, political, and psychological brutality of industrial infrastructures.


Michael Truscello:
Michael Truscello is Associate Professor in the Departments of English and General Education at Mount Royal University, Calgary.