2020 edition, Permanent art work
Île de Nantes, Quartier de la Création
In a Silent Way
Natalie Talec

Passionate about the North and South Poles and mesmerized by past and present tales of explorers, Nathalie Talec has been creating a poetic and glacial sci-fi universe all her own since the 1980s.

In a quest for purity, and fascinated by the effect of cold temperatures on objects, she explores questions of perception, studies the action of chemical and atmospheric phenomena on the elements, and allows drawings, photographs, sculptures, and installations to come together and create new narratives. Her works maintain a privileged relationship with real or fictional characters, inhabitable or nomadic structures, and a constant rapport with exploration and travel.

In the former Alstom warehouse — emblematic site of Nantes’ working class history — the Pôle universitaire interdisciplinaire, which is devoted to developing digital culture, opened in 2019. In a Silent Way offers a poetic and metaphorical vision of this institution. Two young, feminine figures emerge from out of the forecourt, evoking a narrative and romantic form of scientific knowledge and digital experimentation. They are like allegories of knowledge, human aspiration, and the thirst for pioneering adventures.

Nathalie Talec, In a silent way
Nathalie Talec, In a silent way

Nantes is transforming

Nantes is changing to become an even more ecological, inclusive, and dynamic city. To do this, new public works will reinforce our already existing ecofriendly modes of transport: new tram lines, green zones for pedestrians and cyclists, and more. From 2024, these major urban projects will disrupt traffic around Les Machines de l’Île and Parc des Chantiers, with the Pont Anne-de-Bretagne bridge closed off to cars (the bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and cyclists). Solutions will be offered throughout construction to make it easier for everyone to get around, like: increased frequency of several public transport lines, more Naolib bike-share bicycles, and more parking spots in park-and-ride lots.

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