Proposal Title: MnmtHolic, 03/12/2008, Mixed media
Proposal Synopsis: Just over a hundred years ago, art historian and theoretician Alois Riegl wrote a founding article, Le culte moderne des monuments (The modern cult of monuments). Following in the footsteps of Ruskin and Viollet le Duc, this article marked a turning point in the attitudes held towards heritage and memory. At that particular moment in history, already particularly troubled, his purpose and intentions were noble, "honourable", or at the very least, attempted to be so. Alas, little more than a hundred years later, monuments and their cults have completely invaded the planet, accompanying the absurdities of wars, the massive destruction of peoples, nations, materials and the genocides that humanity as a whole has suffered. A mad race that goes far beyond any form of nihilism is precipitating us towards all possible and imaginable forms of suicide. It is a race that offers a fatal attraction, horrors without catharsis and thus without monuments. All that is left is the savagery over which those on the wrecked remains attempt to float.
Artist's Biography: MANNISI Alban
MANNISI Alban is Landscape Architect, currently working in Singapore and has been participating in Asia-based projects.
He had worked for landscape architecture offices, architects, urban planners and University in Bordeaux, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and soon in London and Boston.
Master of conference at the University Paris 8 (department of visual arts), he intervenes also regularly in the School of Architecture (Belleville, Lille) and the National School of Landscape (Ensp, Versailles).
Member of the team of research AMP (Architecture Landscape Medium) of the School of Architecture of Paris La Villette.