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Electronic extremity: Ryoji Ikeda and Autechre live

Autreche Text: David Britain

This month two of the most intensely visceral forces in electronic music will arrive in Paris to play live concerts, the Japanese composer and mathematician Ryoji Ikeda and the English electronica duo Autechre.  Ryoji Ikeda’s music is the epitome of a technological and scientific marriage with art. His concerts and installations often feel more like complex scientific experiments with the audience’s senses than artistic events, as we’ve known them before. Ikeda is no stranger to Paris, having displayed his sound and light installation Spectra for the Nuit Blanche in 2008.

This time he will be performing an audiovisual concert called Datamatics. His tools are the mathematically pure sine waves, white noise, square wave clicks, and binary data of computers. His instruments are specially designed speakers that can output frequencies well below and above the sensitivity of human ears. These are sounds your body perceives in the head and chest rather than ears. His music also utilises astonishingly complex mathematically created rhythms, which are usually delivered at speeds whereby your brain will have to work hard to keep up. After all, this is the work of a man fascinated by the thresholds of human perception to audio and visual data. Be prepared for a strong physical and above all visceral experience.

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Astier de Villatte Creates a Shakespeare and Co. Notebook

Shakespeare and Comapny Notebook Sample 1Furniture and ceramics designers, Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte, spend their childhood in the region of Rome, Benoît at the Villa Médicis, and Ivan in the countryside, but they only met at the Beaux Arts academy in Paris. Both paint portraits, draw and received prestigous prizes from the Beaux Arts academy. In 1996, without knowing anything about  “les arts de la table,” they created  their first “dream objects,” furniture and fruit dishes inspired by old objects found at night on the sidewalk, at Emmaüs or at the flea market in Vanves.

Their first stand at the Salon Maison et Objets in 1996 had a wild ambiance and four years later, the famous Boutique Astier de Villatte at 173 rue Saint Honoré opened it's doors on their furniture, dishes, glasses, cups, roman scarves, blankets, but also practical jokes and peepshows.

Their most recent collaboration is a new notepad for Paris' favourite bookshop Shakespeare and Co. Check out their website - it matches the eccentric character of this fabulous Parisian brand.

Boutique Astier de Villatte
173 rue Saint Honoré
75001 Paris

Paris Inondé 1910

Viewmultimediadocument Text: Brendan Seibel

Well-heeled Parisians traversing flooded boulevards seem more the product of Luis Buñuel than of nature. This astonishing exhibition, presented on the centennial anniversary of The Great Flood of 1910, represents a surreal period when poor weather and rapidly melting snowpack contributed to a swollen Seine bursting its banks.

Collecting documents, photographs, paintings and memorabilia from a variety of archives and museums, Paris inondé 1910 is an immersive journey through the winter inundation. Expertly plotted and arranged the exhibition combines easily digested facts (in French) with documentary evidence. Beginning with the conditions which lead to the Seine's explosion, the journey guides you through the breaching of the quais, alongside the citizenry coping with disaster, and into the massive restoration efforts after the river receded.

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Ni Putes Ni Soumises Organizes a Protest for Rayhana

DSCN1288 Text and images: Sarah Braasch

Rayhana, a French-Algerian playwright and actress, was attacked last week in front of the theater in Paris where she is performing her provocative play, “At My Age, I Still Hide My Smoking”.  Rayhana speaks out against Islamism and obscurantism and the Muslim culture of female oppression in Algeria.  Her play takes place in a hammam in Algeria and portrays nine women sitting together and discussing their daily lives.  The two men who attacked Rayhana grabbed her from behind, forcing her to the ground, and poured gasoline over her head and in her face, momentarily blinding her, and then attempted to set her on fire by throwing a lit cigarette on top of her head.  Prior to this incident, Rayhana had been harassed verbally.  Despite the attack and the threats of violence, Rayhana is determined to continue performing her play.  She has received many offers to stage performances from theaters throughout France, in response to this outrageous criminal act. 

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Prix Lumière 2010 Celebrate Engaged French Cinema

Welcome

Text: Joanna Bronowicka

This year the ceremony of the Prix Lumière, which took place at Hotel de Ville on January 15, 2010, celebrated French cinema for its ardent engagement in current political and social issues. The award for best film went to Welcome, a film by Philippe Lioret about a young Kurdish boy who tries to swim across the Channel to join his sweetheart in London. The release of Welcome put spotlight on the plight of refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan waiting in Calais to cross illegally to Great Britain. The film stirred a lively political debate and led to a creation of a shelter for unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan in Paris.

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Tonight Peter Doherty at Flèche d’Or


291Peter Doherty, one of the best English songwriters in last years, will (hopefully) make a surprise appearance at the Flèche d'Or tonight. Libertines, Babyshambles or perhaps his most recent songs - no one knows yet what Pete will play tonight, but it will definitely be an unforgettable night for his fans and the Flèche d’Or. 

Flèche d’Or
102 bis Rue de Bagnolet
75020 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 64 01 02
Doors will open at 8pm
Tickets available at the door, 8 Euros with a drink

Art Nouveau at Musée d'Orsay

23 Text: Tiffany Tang

By tracing the origin of Art Nouveau in Paris and explaining how the movement developed and spread across the continent, the “Art Nouveau Revival” exhibition in Musée d’Orsay displays a collection of works that best epitomize the different phases of the movement.

The Art Nouveau movement started at the turn of the nineteenth century, but it was met with decades of rejection until the 1960s. The original movement was a reaction against historicism and traditional art in favor of a new style and form that adapted itself to modern life, blurring of boundaries between fine arts and applied arts, and combining the new aesthetics with functionalism. The new aesthetics were characterized by the use of organic floral styles and curved lines as ornamentation in furniture, jewelry and tableware. Originally termed in Paris as “new art,” Art Nouveau took on different names as its influence spread across Europe and to the United States: Jugendstil in Germany, Stile Liberty or Stile Floreale in Italy, Modernismo in Spain, and Nieuwe Kunst in Holland. 

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Artazart Design Bookstore

Inside Artazart low res Text and image: Joel Ma

In the 21st century everyone knows at least one graphic designer. They usually have a keen eye for visual metaphor, impeccable personal hygiene and may or may not wear slim rectangular, black plastic glasses. If the bookshop Artazart were a person, it would be your Graphic designer friend. Artazart stocks a staggering selection of books on photography, architecture, art, web design, graffiti, journals, magazines, children books, bags, cameras, art resources and anything of a stylish visual nature. It announces its presence on the banks of the  Canal St Martin with a bright orange shop front, elegant font and warm lighting. It has been operating for the last ten years and has seen various incarnations including converted gallery to bookshop/gallery to bookshop with a comprehensive online store.

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Master Filmmaker Eric Rohmer Dies

Mynightatmauds1 Text: Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
Image: My Night at Maud's, Eric Rohmer

Reactions have been pouring in after the announcement that director Eric Rohmer died in Paris on Monday, aged 89. French president Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute “to the talent and truthfulness of a great auteur". Meanwhile, Prime Minister François Fillon paid homage to a "filmmaker of subtlety (…) who has for a long time been a classic of French cinema" and Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand praised "an all-round man of film and, at the same time, a perfect embodiment of the great bygone literary tradition of analysts of the heart".

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The first "bric-à-brac de quartier" at 104

Image-8BC7CA45017911DE Text: Joanna Bronowicka

As part of the agreement signed with the City of Paris, the association Emmaüs Défi will create ten "bric-à-brac de quartier" in the capital. The first one of them opens on Wednesday, January 13 at 3pm at CENTQUATRE. Not only does it sell the most useful objects for best prices, but it is also a great place for people who like bargain-hunting. The inhabitants of a given neighborhood can bring their donations, such as furniture, dishes, household appliances, clothing or trinkets. By buying at Emmaüs Défi you are helping people in great difficulty to get back into the work market.

CENTQUATRE
104 rue d'Aubervilliers
75019 Paris
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 3pm to 6pm
Donations accepted Wedensday to Saturday 11am to 6pm

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