Paul Virilio und die Künste | Paul Virilio and the arts

31. October 2006


“Pendant ma jeunesse, le littoral européen était interdit au public pour cause de travaux; on y bâtissait un mur et je ne découvris l’Océan, dans l’estuaire de la Loire, qu’au cours de l’été 45. …”

These are the first words of Paul Virilio’s strange, outstanding, beautiful and wise book “Bunker Archéologie”, first published in 1975 at the occasion of an exhibition by the same name in Paris.


Twelve years later, on a windy weekend in spring 87, Finn Geipel, Bernd Hoge and Jochen Hunger interviewed Paul Virilio during a trip along his favourite “villas au front du mer” (his nickname for the ruins of the german Atlantikwall).

Nearly twenty years after this filmed encounter between us young architects from LAB F AC (Labor für Architektur) and one of their idols, Paul Virilio, the ZKM in Karlsruhe will open on Friday, September 3, the brand new exhibition “Paul Virilio und die Künste”.


I forgot what we talked about, but nevermind, Thomas Thiel from the team around curators Peter Weibel and Peter Gente found the videotaped interview in the vaults of the Künstlerhaus in Stuttgart and will show it in the exhibition.

Looking forward to look back…