Erosion video mapping

saint malo - sillon de talbert


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Statement of intent :

I lived above a cave dug in Paramé, a district of Saint Malo, during the Second World War

it served as protection for the inhabitants of the neighborhood

It forms an elbow, a sort of meander in the topography.

Digged by the hand of man, it is located just a few meters from a dry area which was a former marsh of Saint Malo - the sea reached the foot of this Paramean mound.

I work among other themes on that of erosion - the house of my childhood is located on the side of a cliff: a cliff whose slow erosion we watched.

In 2012, I lived for several months in indigenous and semi-assimilated communities in the Brazilian Amazon in the Tapajos-Arapiuns region - indigenous communities are suffering the full brunt of coastal erosion due to rising sea levels linked to the acceleration. of the melting of the Andean massif - the new turbidity of the water caused by this erosion causes new diseases among the inhabitants even though they live thousands of km from the sea - the injustice of the situation struck me.

I started noticing local changes, traveling and studying the cartographies and scientific publications on this subject - late 19th early 20th century we would have called this type of obsessive and secular pseudo science:

"A fad".

In 2018 we carried out an installation with an ethnologist of maritime heritage on the coast

close to the Talbert furrow in order to observe this long dune ridge - following a north-west storm and a high tide: the furrow gave way and a breach opened, the morphology of the furrow then totally changed.

I filmed the flow of water within this new breach, the natural pools that were dug there.

It is these flows filmed in the breach of the Talbert furrow that I video projected and mapped in the Paramé cave: a cave dug by human forces but whose preliminary shape and outline were perhaps initiated by the sea .

flows 2: boreholes

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