The Power of Art – Pablo Valbuena

I have been feeling a little bit down this week. It’s been two months since I came back to Paris and job hunting, the cold, missing my South-African friends and life, adapting to a new every day, having this feeling sometimes that I need to start all over again (illogical but still present), … it’s not easy every day and particularly this week has been quite challenging. I was in the mood for nothing and spent a few days being quite lazy; until I decided to go to the Centquatre to see the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena….

Cités Millénaires @ Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris: When Visuals are Enough

Generally interested in audiovisual installations, I was very excited to visit Cités Millénaires at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris described as an immersive experience on millenary cities. Palmyre, Alep, Mossoul and Leptis Magna: four cities which, despite the incredible heritage they hold, have been disfigured by the effects of the war. These four names resonate with the beauties of the Arab world but also with the consequences of its recent history. Cités Millénaires proposes a virtual journey into these cities, resurrected for the occasion. Four cities, four spaces; each one of them arranged in the same way: a big room with a wall projection…

Tips on Designing Inclusive Exhibitions

When I was working at Formula D Interactive, I created a template to assess an exhibition or museum project in regards to inclusive design, to analyse if the exhibition is accessible to people with disabilities. The entire spectrum of disabilities was considered. I used diverse resources to create the template but mostly the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Design, which is a very helpful document when it comes to designing inclusive exhibitions. Unfortunately, I can’t share the template with you as it belongs to the company I produced it for. However, since then, I always have it in mind when visiting a museum exhibition. Recently, I…

Michael Jackson: On the Wall @ Grand Palais, Paris, France.

As mentioned in the article I published in November on what were the exciting exhibitions to see in Paris, Michael Jackson: On the Wall was one of them. I saw it in December. It was amazing. First, before going into reviewing the exhibition, I have to explain where my point of view is coming from. I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson. I discovered him as a kid thanks to my grand-mother who offered me the Number Ones DVD one year for Christmas and from that moment onwards, there has been no going back. I simply fell in love…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you! 2018 was a very special year for me as I spent it almost entirely in Cape Town, South Africa. I was living my dream: I was in a city I used to dream of going to; I was working at a media company making interactive educational experiences for museums, which was where I wanted to be professionally; and on the personal side, I finally got back to dancing salsa, which simply makes me happy and to blogging! Since January last year, there’re more viewers every month on Pristine Preview and I couldn’t be…

What would happen if universal museums disappear?

In my last post, I discuss why I think that universal museums should disappear: because they represent a culture of colonialism and the domination of the West on the rest of the world. Let’s just do the exercise of imagining a world where this actually happens. Let’s imagine that universal museums around Europe and the USA give the collections they have that were taken from other countries because of war, steal or colonialism, back to their countries of origin. And let’s imagine that it happens without regards to what the countries plans for the objects once they receive them are….

Swing Swing Swing in Copenhagen

I have just spent a few days in Copenhagen to take some time off before going back to Paris. There, I visited Copenhagen Contemporary: a new art venue in Refshalevej, an old industrial area with recent developments.  Copenhagen Contemporary is a beautiful space. Quite massive, it currently host One, Two, Three Swing! by the collective Superflex. It is an art installation which promotes collaboration and team work. Around the first space, there’s several three-seats swings just hanging there. You can swing alone or with one or two other visitors. They can be your friends, family or just someone else who came to the…