Le Seamen's Club de Bayonne "I don't want to miss a thing"
It is with the aim of making the Port of Bayonne and the people who work there known that a collective of Bayonne and Angloys has been formed around the directors of the Bayonne and Anglet media libraries, members of the Seamen's Club Escale Adour and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bayonne Pays Basque. They formed a group and, together, decided to commission a work from Emmelene Landon. The Seamen's club is in the heart of the port and offers a place where sailors meet when they are in transit. Its main role is to ensure the "social welfare of the seafarer" which is welcomed by volunteers, former seafarers, retired commanders, seafarers' wives, deacons, sea priests, people linked to the maritime administration....
To respond to the specific request of patrons wishing to promote this port area, a New Patrons commission is launched. The artist, Emmelene Landon, meets the group and immerses herself in this maritime environment that reminds her of her childhood. It surveys the port activity area throughout 2012. She invites students from the Lycée Louis de Foix de Bayonne and the Lycée des Métiers du Bâtiment de Cantau in Anglet, as well as their teachers, to her travels. From these walks, interspersed with fortuitous or provoked encounters, she conceived and wrote a digital book, wrote a soundtrack with the musician Steve Argülles and made a film, all gathered under the generic title "I don't want to miss a thing" (I don't want to forget anything). This sentence refers to the graffiti that the artist noted on one of the port's enclosures as a fortuitous signature that a sailor left behind, offered to passers-by.
A multi-talented artist, writer, painter and filmmaker, Emmelene Landon retains an insatiable passion for travel from her travelling childhood. Originally from Australia, she moved successively to England and the United States before settling in France in 1979 where she studied for six years at the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris in the Cremonini studio. His work is exhibited in various museums in Europe and his books published by Léo Scheer and Actes Sud.