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Scénographie perceptive entre la vie et la mort : aller et retour autour du bois en rivière

Abstract : This article deals with the dialectic between trees and rivers, in particular with (public) perceptions of wood in rivers. Considering three corpora - the first one of paintings, the second one of French-speaking literature and poetry, the last one of creations during an event of land art -, the emotional content and sense of wood is studied, working on wood along the river and in the river. Through a perceptive approach of scenography, we show how social imaginary fluctuates between only an object and a despicable feature, and how scientific literature and artistic creation try to shape a new life to what seems to be dead. If riverside trees stand for the axis mundi, their presence in rivers seems to be perceived as threat, fall or garbage that we need to destruct. This image of death must be counterbalanced with a vision of life: Dead wood in an artistic way may become a tree of life, whereas scientists explain its positive role to entail some complexity and diversity in fluvial geomorphology and aquatic habitats, a great source of biomass and biodiversity.
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Yves-François Le Lay, Emeline Comby. Scénographie perceptive entre la vie et la mort : aller et retour autour du bois en rivière. Revue du Nord. Collection Archéologie (Hors série), Association Revue du Nord, 2013, 19, pp.101-110. ⟨halshs-00867511⟩



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