vague silencieuse

Ensign | Blockhouse of the Hub studio, Nantes 2013 |
from 16 mai to 08 septembre 2013

The bunker intrigues by its story and its unfailing presence. As an evocation, a form of legacy or marks of our memory, what is its impact today on our mental and urban landscapes? What transformation does it operate on us? Which silent wave?
In the West, we pay attention to the loudest events instead of the silent groundswell. According to François Jullien, Chinese philosophy does not consider the existence of defined beings and states, but recognizes the transformation processes that lead the world to evolve as a whole, in a more or less progressive manner, slow and silent.  
curator: Romain Boulay
special thanks to the engaged enthusiast team: Romain Boulay, Marine Pasquet, Niels Ducamp, Nicolas Respriget, Adrien Bordeau, Geoffroy Terrier
production: Mpvite, Nantes
Ensign, as its name suggests, reveals its own definition (XIIth century; ensenna, 980; latin, insignia, badge; plural of "brand"). The Ensign imposes itself as such, while questioning at the same time what we learn from it and its context. Placed on top of a bunker, opaque and silent, it remains there, close to the ground, between the high and recent housings, like an immutable relic from the past.

This bunker symbolizes the "dark times", that we must also think, in our modern times, about the Western lie telling us the war eras are over. Dark declared wars or dark so-called peace, the finsteren Zeiten are especially caracterized -according to Hannah Arendt- by the fact that the "public domain (has) lost the power to illuminate". And equally dark are the times when the public life, the life of populations, are organized around the "concept of a single truth" of men (excerpt from Peuples exposés, peuples figurants, by Georges Didi-Huberman).

Which lessons do we remember?