In his Bunker Archeology (), Paul Virilio establishes an inventory of bunker typologies and tries to determine what the essence of those militaries. BUNKER ARCHEOLOGY atmosphere approaching the great reflector was totally new; the transpar- ency I was so sensitive to was greater as the ocean got. Out of print for almost a decade, we are thrilled to bring back one of our most requested hard-to-find titlesphilosopher and cultural theorist Paul Virilio’s Bunker .
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Intelligence and social control became the heart in the spirit of defense; the radio informed on everything, immediately, and you were thus protected from unpleasant surprises, but, in return, you had to alert the authorities by telephone of any odd occurrences taking place in your immediate surroundings. It is on this much- desired littoral that the Atlantic Wall will have to be erected in the future.
Thar is When the rupture point is reached between the two times of the military apparatus. Species of prowlers along the confines, loafers of the apocalypse free of material cares on the edge of their friendly abyss, familiar only with signs and portents, with no other intercourse than with several major catastrophic uncertainties, like in those walcbloiwrs yon see on the seashore.
The construction of strategic and tactical infrastructures throughout the ages is in fact nothing but an “archaeology of the brural encounter”; from ‘he point of impact at collision to the highway pile-up, the infrastructure sei up the duel the exchange of unfelicitous procedures before the “duel” of commerce.
The crack cleaves space, it tweaks muscles and lungs. Bur we have here a continuum that is not of the human habitat: When the combat ceases. Moreover, the extremely crushed and chelouiau form of these constructions recall azlec architecture, and not only superficially: With Fortress Europe, failure bunjer inevitable, and the geographical con- figuration of the continent would confitm Mao’s analysis.
Preparations will be made to raise battle-trained formations for operational and security duties vieilio training, reserve, and recu- perative establishments, and from schools and other units in the home defense area.
My favourite slice of text is when Virilio describes each bunker as ” Zhukov has counterattacked and saved Moscow. In the event of enemy at- tacks on the coast, however, they are required to comply, inso- far as tactical considerations allow, with the orders of the com- manders responsible for defense.
Even the sky was divided up by ilouds, but the sea seemed empty in con- trast.
The overlay is found especially in the more fundamental opposition of rhe rural to the urban, between those who are territorialized and those who tend ceaselessly to dhiipatt in their con- quest of elemental totality, in pure spatialiry: New operation orders, that will be issued by commanders on the basis of my directive, are to be submitted to atcheology through the high command of the armed forces.
This is the first English-language translation of the French edition published in to accompany the exhibition of Paul Virilio’s photographs at the Pompidou Center.
October 19 Germany leaves the League of Nations and decides to rearm. My vision appeared to be countered by that of my contemporaries, and the semi-religious character of the beach altars, left for children’s play, was counteracted by resentment.
When I was a child, the ruins of my island came to life in the overwhelming weight of the war, which I found in films, stories, family histories, and omnipresent memorials to the dead. Graffitists rendered these objects exceptional, trying to efface their presence in order to discourage critical buner.
I can therefore no longer take responsibility for further weak- ening the west, in favor of other theaters of war. Trofim Bunkfr rated it really liked it Nov 14, My objective was solely archeological. Observing the various casemates on the Atlantic beaches, the English Channel, and the North Sea, I detected a hub joining several directions.
He an- nounces total war. Virilio’s nuanced ideas leap and grow as the book progresses; he combines technical information and historical facts with poetry.
Vertical artillery ended up as ubiquitous as night fighters. Virilio discusses fortresses and military space in general and the bunkers themselves, including facsimiles of original military maps and extracts from Hitler’s “Directives of War.
March 2 3 War Directive May Commencement of the Atlantic Wall. Besides the feeling of lurking danger, you can describe the structure by concentrating on each of its parts. But there is more. The relationship between clothing and dwelling is extremely tight during wartime, and the identification of body armor with rock armor leads us to draw other analogies berween French rerms for forms of the territorial body and those of animal bodies: Despite the war in the air and under the sea, the offensive of the first space pail, the atmosphere and the hydro- sphere remain foreign to Hitlenan ideology.