Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dans la Nuit, des images

Last night, we went to the exhibit at the Grand Palais. It was open to all from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The exterior had the words from the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union moving on it, which made the building appear to be both animated and flat. The work is by Charles Sandison. The interior of the huge space was filled with screens of all sizes and the movement and sound was all around you. In the middle was a scaffolding structure that you could walk up onto to view the screens from above. I only walked up to a landing to get a bit of an elevated view. One large screen was running code called Data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda electronic music composer and video director. People loved this screen. They would stand before it and have their pictures taken, take close ups, stare at it, it was fascinating. Here's my self portrait shadow against it and there is C in the lower left corner of it. We stayed awhile, had a coffee and a delicious brownie and a super sweet large macaron, before catching a metro back, getting in about midnight. Wonderful, really a wonderful visual and auditory experience.

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