Balta / Anna-Marie Durand: G. L. / GENIUS LOCI
Genius Loci / 23 routes in the city of Marseilles
Street plans and street names of cities reflect the culture in which they originated.
names are crystallized elements of this culture. They are small monuments, carefully
made by the community in honour of the Genius Loci (read personalities,
events or other
matters worth mentioning).Street names are usually entered into a register
Such registers meet the need to localize an unknown element a street and
retrieve it in a two-dimensional space the street plan. In this book I have mapped
number of routes in the city of Marseilles, my native city. Arranging the street names
creates a different perception of the city. Each route has its own theme, such as:
colours, desert, sea, animals, the four cardinal points, journey, war, overseas
and territories, 1+1+1, punctuation, etc. The elaboration of a theme through the
of street names is also a comment on the theme itself. Each route makes palpable the
the absurdity and the poetry of the language in street names. Impasse de
instance, is a blind alley and Frais Vallon is not an idyllic neighbourhood.
To a certain extent,
language can reconcile us with a stubborn urban reality, for Frais Vallon
turns out to be a
ghetto on the outskirts of the city. Digital printing. Edition of 100. 16 x 21 cm,
47 pages. 2003.