At first glance, the performance-installation by the French artist Phia Ménard develops a direct stage metaphor of the collapse of the foundations of our western civilization. She uses an enormous cardboard and keeps building, for over an hour and completely alone, an almost life-size object, eventually to be identified as an ancient temple. As soon as she finishes, heavy rain starts flooding the temple. Menard does not react, she remains seated or keeps moving about the temple, casting fierce looks upon the audience and, by breaking the fourth wall, reprimands us for not doing anything to stop this real and symbolic destruction. Discursive elements of the performance, which might seem too plastic when simply described, are actually completely mitigated and relativized by the performer’s qualities, strong sensual and emotional acts, the feeling of collaboration even, provoked by human struggle with the material and the destruction of the results of human labour.