Tuesday, 13 March 2012


a weekend in Paris gave me the chance to rethink and refresh some of the lectures i give in the colleges/universities i teach in. i amassed a range of new images that explore the representation of the book and textiles in paintings at the Louvre, and in sculptures at the museum of architecture’s cast gallery. http://www.citechaillot.fr/en/
highlights of the weekend include - Resisting the Present: at the Museum of Modern Art which had a powerfully disturbing drawing by Jimenez Bayrol http://www.mam.paris.fr/en/expositions/resisting-present alongside some interesting uses of the book as a symbol of resistance, knowledge and power. downstairs a video by jimmy durham called smashing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgF-JqNnRZc said everything you need to know about bureaucracy and health and safety – try and get to see the whole thing.
the most excellent collection of early videos at the Pompidou centre http://www.centrepompidou.fr/ in a show of vintage videos reminded me that i once got to play with a didgi-pack reel to reel black and white video camera on foundation at the Lanchester Poly in Coventry – it seemed so hi-tech at the time.
the museum of European photography http://www.citechaillot.fr/en/ had an exhibition by the wonderfully dark William Ropp, whose images of children are particularly haunting http://www.pixiport.com/william_ropp_photographer/album0.html alongside work from the Itau collection in brazil including the work of Mario Cravo Neto who created black and white images of people and animals which seem to be as one.
finally paris at night is always a winner and i recommend montparnasse tower which has a 360 view of paris http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/ and their web site has a very neat loading logo and sequence.