My Grandma as a young woman in Fiji, late 1950s. I developed this in the darkroom at Kennington Camera Club in August, from a roll of film I borrowed from my Grandpa from when they first met.
Having just spent the weekend in Paris, and with a couple of my colleagues heading there at different points over the Autumn, I thought I’d write a bit more about the places we went to that I would definitely be up for visiting again.
ART + CULTURE
This goes without saying! Really enjoyed the contemporary art at the Pompidou Centre (1980 to present), along with the Martial Raysse exhibition (until 22 September). It ‘s €11 - €13 to get in and is totally worth it. You could spend a whole day there, and as it’s open until 9pm every day except Tuesdays, you could spend an evening there too. This time we went in the day, but I’ve been at night before and the views are beautiful from the top.
The other place I was longing to go back to was the Palais de Tokyo, and I wasn’t disappointed (also it’s open until midnight!). There were a handful of very good exhibitions there, including Mnémosyne by Georges Didi-Huberman and Lost Human Genetic Archive by Hiroshi Sugimoti, and also a brilliant group exhibition called All That Falls. These all finished at the weekend but Palais de Tokyo is a must visit and the new exhibitions looked just as good.
The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris and gardens were very peaceful, though we were mildly disappointed that we didn’t appear to find the cat from Chris Marker’s La Jetée… The ticket prices were a bit confusing, and it’s probably worth researching which bits you want to see before buying a ticket. We thought ours covered all permanent exhibitions but it was just in the main museum and not the palaeontology or other parts. All the same, a pleasant place to visit, especially if the weather’s nice.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Two must visit places - the first is La Defénse for the ‘futuristic’ architecture including the Arc de Triomphe’s 80s twin, La Grande Arche de La Défense.
Le Parc des Buttes Chaumont was the second place, and it was incredibly picturesque. We spent a sunny Sunday afternoon there walking around up and down the hilly paths and over some beautiful bridges, and lying in the grass. It was relaxing despite the number of people who were there - probably partly because unlike us, most of the crowd appeared to be Parisians.
EATING + DRINKING
Each day we got breakfast - a pain au chocolate etc - from Le Nid à Pain, 128 rue de Clignancourt, round the corner from where we were staying. If you’re nearby it is worth popping in but I’m sure most Parisian bakeries are just as good.
Outside the Pompidou we had a really yum Croque Madame each at the Paris Beaubourg restaurant on the corner of Rue Brisemiche next to the Pompidou.
On the Friday evening we headed to Chez Gladine, 13° à Butte aux Cailles, for some Basque/French food and wine, recommended by a friend who lived in Paris. My confit de canard was delicious and the place had a really great atmosphere.
Le Jardin d’en Face in Montmartre was another recommendation. We had a delicious three course meal and the highlight was the white chocolate mousse with raspberries. After that we headed back to our flat via a couple of bars, including Le Café du Commerce, 13 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018.
The last place worth noting is the Pavillon du Lac at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, which was yet another recommendation. It was quite pricey so we went for a couple of starters and some cheese, €9 for each dish, and oh wow were they good! Teriyaki salmon and curried swordfish, followed by roquefort, brie, and lots of really yummy bread and butter.
We went by Eurostar and it all ran smoothly so was quite a treat (my boyfriend enjoyed the fact that it was like a time warp from 1994). During our stay we mostly took the Metro, and had bought a book of 10 tickets in advance. We didn’t try to cram too much in so we weren’t travelling heaps which was nice, and it wasn’t as exhausting a weekend as I thought it may have been either.
ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
Beautiful flowers at Peckham Rye park and common, August 2014.
Forest by Marshmalllow Laser Feast at the Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican in London, summer 2014. When each pole beaming a laser was moved, it also created a beautiful sound, so by moving amongst the ‘forest’, visitors can create an eerie soundtrack.
Only on until 14 September! This installation is at the Bloomberg Space in Finsbury Square between 11am and 6pm, and is free to enter.
I enjoyed Digital Revolution at the Barbican so much that I went back again. It’s definitely worth a visit, so if you’re in London before the 14 September then book your tickets and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.
I also made a couple of vines which show some other elements of the exhibition. My favourite piece was where you could dance behind a screen with an animation of a strange character, and motion sensors picked up your movements and displayed them live as the character’s. Worth waiting for that one!
I printed this from my Grandpa’s old negatives earlier in the month. It depicts my grandparents before they were married, with friends in Fiji, probably 1958 or early 1959.
Monday Music - the beautiful FEZ soundtrack by Disasterpeace. I could have picked any of the songs but decided to start with the first. If you like it you can listen to the whole thing here.
Highlights from Whirlygig Cinema Spotlights #20 (twenty!!), animation special:
Sleepwalker (pictured) by Stella Saluuma
Accidental giant camera obscura.