chronicle #22 cloud obsession / bring the sky down

July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Ever seen clouds underground? Now, yes.

When I was asked by a friend, a month ago, to draw clouds in the subway, I was like “what?” and then he explained. The idea was to bring a portion of the sky in the underground, on line 9 (to be on Cloud 9, get it?). The metro in Paris tends to be a sad place, not because the place itself is sad – well, it’s underground but whoever said underground was sad didn’t nail it – but because people don’t exactly share joy when on the train. It’s hot, it’s crowded, it’s got all the drawbacks in the world if you listen to them. So Buster Adams decided we should put an end to this lethargic state of sadness and set up the Cloud Obsession project.

On June 7, under a pounding sun, I joined a group of ten-ish in front of a photo lab in Nation – east of Paris – Buster was there, waiting for all of us with giant cardboard boxes. We could guess the “clouds” were somewhere in there. Finally, when we all got there – I didn’t know anyone but this experience would be the occasion to make new friends – and the photographer unveiled his work: maxi-sized photographs of the sky, with clouds floating, everywhere. We were given a cloud board each and… off we went down into the subway!

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The objective: first stay on the platforms and show people around with these arty clouds, then get on the trains, interact with passengers by putting their heads in clouds, talk to them, smile, share positive energy, get off and start the whole thing again on platforms so that people could suddenly see clouds from the train. Magic if you want my opinion: I would have loved to be on the train at that moment and be surprised by the sky that came down to me instead of falling down on my head.

What I liked: smiling to people from behind the cloud board, taking part in the choreography neatly organized by Buster, that sometimes looked like a ballet, sometimes like a commando operation – especially when the train drivers called for us, warning us the safety risks bringing clouds in the subway could provoke. The reception was also gratifying: I liked that old lady who seemed to be the only one to get the point. As soon as she saw us, she exclaimed: “Oh! How nice of you to bring an exhibition to me!!” And that was the point, Madam, exactly! Bring art to you.

So there we went, for an entire afternoon, bringing the sky here and there, until we reached Porte de Saint-Cloud, where we finally dropped everything and created a cloudy photo cabin just for us to be shot heads in the skies. We’re waiting for the pics. So Thanks Buster for this very very nice & friendly experience. We need to do more of this.

Buster Adams’s website : http://www.busteradams.net/

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chronicle #21 voyage to the dark and back

April 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Haven’t been writing on this blog for a while now. About 9 months to be specific. 9 months of pregnancy, so it seems. I haven’t been literally pregnant of course, but there has been a sort of gestation for these past 9 months. I haven’t been madly in love, I have been madly suffering. I have been unable to fall in love again ever since, although I’ve been trying hard to do so. However today, smiling has become possible again. I have been struggling against my fears. I have been reading poetry, writing, smiling, making projects again. I have been trying to overcome these anxieties preventing me from sleeping at night. I have been smoking a lot. I’m still smoking a lot despite the illness in my lungs. I can’t breathe properly anymore, and I’m turning 25 in a couple of weeks.

What is life? What is love? I have started a psychoanalysis. I’m constantly voyaging to the dark, and back.

So after 9 months, I’m trying to be brave and start sharing again. What I wish to share now is a Danish band I discovered when feeling deeply down. Down, down into darkness and fears. I was wondering if someone would come and save me. Nobody came. Nobody came but myself. I was seeing my own hand reaching for me and the darkest of my fears. So, I guess – I grabbed it.

chronicle #20 how many stars will fall upon our dreams?

August 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last night I fell quietly in love

With a man who belonged to another woman

Quietly, sensitively, musingly

Crystal clear wind was blowing through memories

And I dreamt that tearing dream that dreamt my reality

Ever since, I have been falling quietly in love,

And love has been crumbling down into a billion stars.

How many stars will fall upon our dreams?

How many…?

chronicle #19 late night wish

July 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

It is 2:30 in the morning and I am still up while my whole body is on the verge of breaking down out of fatigue. I’ve had an exhausted emotional week, smoked a lot, and felt like a lost dog left on the road. I haven’t properly felt depressed, but there’s been a lot to cope with.

However, the temperatures are high, the sun has come back for a period of time we’re hoping will last. I’m currently listening to an awesome live tune featured by The Bare Necessities Quintet, a jazz formation I just discovered who revisited the Disney classical soundtracks with a groovy rhythm! I’ve spend the evening chatting about relationships and un-relationships with a good friend, we’ve been just chilling.

Yes, each day passes with my rejoicing of being a lucky girl in day-to-day challenges.

But oh boy, I’m still waiting for something extraordinary to happen.

Go and like The Bare Necessities Quintet Facebook Page!

chronicle #18 best wishes from prague

January 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Happy new year !

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It’s 2013 already. We survived the fake 50786th end of the world and my greatest regret is definitely that it was no zombie attack. Pity.

As everybody else, I promised myself to do more sports and eat less, you know to better fit in the fashionable skinny silhouette everybody pretend to like today. The first week of january was more or less dedicated to detox. But today is the kings’ celebration day so I guess detox time is over for a while. As every other blogger, I also resolutely said to myself I would make an effort to blog more. So as the first post for 2013, this is going to be dedicated to my New Year’s Eve visit in Prague.

The capital of Czech Republic is lovely. The architecture is amazing, the people always ready for a good laugh and the city full of treasures. It has been a very inspiring holiday. I experienced the biggest fireworks ever in my short life, on Wenceslas’s Avenue, and all fired by private people. And no one got hurt, it was just pure fun – tell me again why our governments find it useful to forbid fireworks again? Whatever. Here are a couple of pictures I made there.

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chronicle #17 what I liked in Sam Mendès’s Skyfall

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Skyfall.

Glencoe, Scotland, 2012. Main character : Daniel Craig as Agent 007, aka James Bond. Featuring Judi Dench as M. And a handful of other very good actors, although I didn’t appreciate Javier Bardem’s character as much as I could have, I guess.

There are a lot of things I really like in the movie. The rhythm was perfectly maintained as the story unrolled. There was no action for the sake of action, not so many explosions or gadgets. Everything went smoothly and was perfectly timed. I found it was a wise choice to make the movie unfold the way it did because it was coherent with the main message of the movie: the difficult transition between past methods that can seem obsolete and new ways of conceiving the world that can sometimes go too fast. It clearly left us time to think about it.

There was mainly something about the geography elected for the movie. An alternation between ancient, supra-modern, traditional, abandoned and historical.

Of course, I felt elated by the part in Scotland. Where could Bond come from if not from this country of real men and wild legends? Where else could the movie end than in a country that still combines ancient stories, methods, and modern cities? I loved entering the Skyfall Manor, with its great chandeliers and the cold icy air you could almost feel through the narrow windows. It reminded me of the castles still standing up there.

And the secret tunnel.. the tunnel. Loved the tunnel, of course: everything that is underground is so exciting. I would like to point the interesting fact that Kincade points out that when Bond’s parents died, he stayed in that tunnel, for two days under the moor. “And when he came out, he wasn’t a little boy anymore”. As if the land had given second birth to the man himself. 

Actually, I would say Skyfall provided a travel through time thanks to the places crossed. Past, present, future. I would especially like to draw a parallel between Shanghai the Superb and the forsaken (Chinese?) island off the coast of… where actually? An abandoned place that has suddenly grown old because of the lie of a mad man. Lies that wear out the world we used to know. I’ll let you think about this… latest Bond adventure, highly recommended.

Oh, and don’t forget to listen to Adele’s wonderful voice:

chronicle #16 My heart keeps beating like a hammer

October 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I know I have been silent for quite a long time. T&D was slowly disappearing and becoming quiet. The reason for this wasn’t that I didn’t want to write anymore. Actually I have been thinking about the blog all the time, I needed to create a new organization, a better one, that would be a hybrid between my life and reflections. I wanted it to be a place where you could share my research, but also read a little bit about the moments in my life, about my discoveries, things I love and that should be shared! So now, T&D is divided into several categories (that can be found on the right-hand side).

So now let’s start the exploration again! I have plenty of things in store to share with you: loads of things have happened since I last wrote! And one of them was my discovery of a great band : Metric (their YouTube’s channel). I keep having one of their songs in my head, called “Help I’m alive”. But now I’m going to share another one, that makes me vibrate as well :

Gimme Sympathy

After all of this is gone

Who would you rather be

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones

Oh seriously

You’re gonna make mistakes, you’re young

Come on, baby, sing me a song then,

Like here comes the sun

 

 

I don’t know why I love their music so much. I guess it’s because of the mystery surrounding them (yes, there’s a kind of mystery, in the words, in the sound, in the chords…). They seem to evolve in a dream-like world that looks like the one I kind of live in too. Where I close my eyes and listen to Metric, I just fly away.

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