The places of melancholy
Attention is turned now from the arguments for a melancholy aesthetic towards the places in which it might be found. When considering possible routes for navigating the terrain of melancholy, several courses are possible. The rst and perhaps the most obvious is typological, an exploration of types of melancholy landscapes – memorials, ruins, post-industrial landscapes. Yet, rather than be limited by the route governed by pre-existing categories of landscape, the approach here is to leave the beaten track, and locate the places of melancholy by means of suggesting an array of evocative qualities or conditions. The proposed qualities do not exist independently, and coalesce with each other like the imbricated circles of a Venn diagram. There are many points of commonality and crossing, yet at the same time there are unique qualities which are brought forward, exhibited, offered.