Monuments have immense power. They are a reserve, a social bank ready to be charged, holding the torch of witness to be passed on in time. They explode space and time, holding them hostage along with generations. They have a spatial and temporal area of influence. Their power is to mark space and time, to exert domination through the marker, to indicate a direction through the stop. This is the past, this is the origin, they seem to tell us. They force us to remember, to persist and to continue. Witnesses to the orderly conquest of the world, the history of monuments is a history of battles; to strike they expose themselves. Men place their pawns on the board of space and time. Monuments are a race against time and space, which they seek to deny and impose. They are an illustration of the fierce illusion of architecture. Monuments are a stopped movement, a collective clock that seeks to mark and stop the unfolding of the mechanics that will strike its inexorable hour. A priori, monuments are erected to mark a time and a place, but in fact, monuments are erected to go beyond a time and a place. Monuments are beings for death: by postponing the end, they call their end.Generally they are erected for great celebrations and their unveiling is the pretext for grandiose inauguration parties. Each party of Versailles had their own temporary monuments.
What are the monuments of our time? What do they celebrate? What do they announce?
The students will create a set of monuments (obelisk, triumphal arch, pyramid, column...) which will be the markers of the festival spaces like so many small follies.
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