Ne vous laissez pas consoler is a project made in collaboration with the Ultramarines, ultras of Football Club Girondins Bordeaux.
On September 27th, 2009, during the match Girondins Bordeaux - Stade Rennes, were exhibited political statements that question the logic of the spectacle itself. These quotes were shown in banners displayed by the ultras all along their choreography of animation and in the club's official merchandise (scarves, flags, pennants, T-shirts and stickers). The official merchandise was also offered for sale on a merchandising stall placed temporarily in different areas of the City of Bordeaux.
The quotations displayed were: “Don’t let yourselves be consoled”; “The truth is always revolutionary”; “Idols do not exist”; “They rule because we obey”, We have nothing but our time”; “Pain is the only noblesse”; “The main battlefield is the enemy’s mind”.
According to Debord’s criticism, the simply fact of watching is “bad”, “the more a man contemplates the less he is”, says Debord. On the other hand, Jacques Rancière has wanted to question this main concept in the critique of the society of the spectacle, through their idea of "emancipated spectator": "The effect of language can not be anticipated. It requires viewers to be active as interpreters, who try to invent his own translation to appropriate the story for themselves and make it their own history. An emancipated community is in fact a community of storytellers and translators. I am aware that this may sound as words, mere words. But I wouldn’t take it as an insult. (...) knowing that words are no more than words and spectacles none other than spectacles may help us to understand how words, stories and performances can help us to change something in the world we actually live".
Rancière refers to the viewer of art, theater, performances,… but, are these viewers better than football fans? Because if we're talking about emancipated viewers, active individuals, these are the ultras, who defend their own territory, truthfully aware of their place in the architecture of the expectation, that in the case of football is the south end, they are the tribune populaire (the popular tribune). The ultras are self-managed organizations of popular character, which is in itself a political stance, opposed to football-business - the more contemporary expression of alienating spectacle? -, They do present their claims of class and community through the flags , chants and banners.
The nature of the collaboration between Democracia and the Ultramarines has been to seek a common language (retrieving words) to represent a shared ideology.