Having Fun with Multimedia at the Musée de l’Homme, Paris

As I said in my previous post, I recently went to the Musée de l’Homme to visit the exhibition Déclarations. However, the exhibition was quite small, so I went on visiting the permanent exhibition afterwards. I think the last time I visited this museum was when I was a kid, with my parents, sometime between 5 and 10 years old… I had no memory of it. Moreover, they entirely redesigned it: the new version opened in 2015 (after more than ten years being closed). I didn’t visit it thoroughly. I just walked around, stopping at what I was attracted to…

Sebastião Salgado to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Seventy years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It happened in Paris, at the Palais de Chaillot, just in front of the Musée de l’Homme, which today, decided to celebrate the anniversary. The exhibition Déclarations showcases thirty photographs by Sebastião Salgado put in correlation with some of the Declaration’s articles. Showcasing M. Salgado’s work in relation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not just a nice idea, it’s also very smart. In addition to being a well-known journalistic photographer, he is an environmental activist who has been fighting to…

An Exhibition About Tattoos

I went to Paris International Tattoo Convention this weekend and while I was walking around, watching tattoo artists do their job, I was thinking about making an exhibition about tattoos. How to exhibit tattoos? There has been an exhibition about tattoos at the Musée du Quai Branly in 2014. Tatoueurs, Tatoués was the first exhibition on tattoos in a national museum in France. Looking at what methods were used to present the art of tattooing, it was a mix of photographs, videos, and silicone body parts on which contemporary artists had tattooed a piece. Indeed, the body needs to be represented as it…

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…

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…

Universal Museums Should Disappear

In my Love Letter to Cape Town, I explain how South Africa has changed me. Professionally, it has also had an influence on how I see my future career. My experience in South Africa modified my objectives. What I want to achieve has changed. The way I want to work has changed. And it is partly because of what I am going to explain now. A few weeks ago, I published my thoughts on the museum culture in Cape Town saying that visiting museums wasn’t a very Capetonian activity because of the outdoor lifestyle the locals have. I have been…

Moving Back to Europe: What Job to Look For?

I currently work as a project manager in a company based in Cape Town, which creates educational, immersive experiences, using interactive technologies and human-centered design for museums, heritage sites, visitor attractions or corporate spaces. But, after a year in South Africa, I am now planning my return to Europe. I will be back in Paris at the beginning of December. Part of this change means quitting my current job and finding a new one in Europe. It’s a little bit sad, I have to admit. My current job has been my first ‘real’ job after university and I have enjoyed it. However,…