Bunker Archéologie. Photographs, drawings, and text (in French) by Paul Virilio. Centre de Création Industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1975. 192 pp. Quarto. First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photo-illustrated, French-fold stiff wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Black-and-white reproductions.
"Approximately 15,000 bunkers were built during World War II along the French shores to forestall an Allied landing-- the so-called "the Atlantic Wall." Decommissioned after the Allied invasion of Normandy, this elaborate defense system now lies abandoned. At the age of 25, Paul Virilio stumbled upon these relics with his camera and began a study that would continue for 30 years." Rosecrans Baldwin, in THE MORNING NEWS
A brilliant 'typological' study, very close to what Bernd and Hilla Becher would later pursue in their series of water towers, mineheads, grain elevators and other industrial structures. Though only published in 1975, Virilio undertook his inquiry into military space and the organization of territory beginning in 1958. For Virilio, the bunkers themselves--and the way they occupied the topography of post-war Europe--are stark reminders of how our understanding of space and technological progress are driven by the mechanics of war.
"Paul Virilio is one of the most significant and stimulating French cultural theorists writing today. Increasingly hailed as the 'archaeologist of the future', Virilio is noted for his proclamation that the logic of ever increasing acceleration lies at the heart of the organization and transformation of the contemporary world."--from publisher's description, Paul Virilio: From Modernism to Hypermodernism and Beyond
Near Fine+; light spine crease and wear to extremities.