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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

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Art - Temporary Exhibitions

 

Typo en Mouvement

Movable Type
Comes to Life Onscreen

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Peter Bilak Tänzerin, “Dance Writer,” Valentina Scaglia, 2009 © Peter Bilak Tänzerin

Gutenberg’s invention of mechanical movable type in 1450 made printing possible, but the term has an entirely different meaning in the exhibition “Type in Motion” at the Lieu du Design in Paris. This is movable type for the digital age, not the kind of type that bites letters into paper but the kind that dances across screens in ways limited only by the imagination of the designer.

One of the earliest examples in the show, however, long predates the digital era: the famous scene from D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back in which Bob Dylan performs “Subterranean Homesick Blues” not by singing it (the recorded version plays on the soundtrack), but by flipping over cards on which selected words from the song’s lyrics have been handwritten. This iconic scene inspired three other videos shown in the exhibition, including “Wall Street Rap,” by Bob and Tim Robbins, from the film Bob Roberts.

In other early music videos, like Prince’s 1988 “Alphabet Street,” letters pave the road on which he drives his Thunderbird and float randomly across the background. In the clever “zZz Is Playing: Grip,” the video of the performance that opened the exhibition “Nederclips” at the Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch in 2007, a live trampoline performance imitated a video clip, complete with error messages and a playback bar being hand-painted in real time by a performer at the bottom of the “screen.”

Aside from music videos, the show covers advertising (“IHI Logo World,” in which a world is built of the Japanese manufacturer’s logo), public spaces (Electric Shadow’s “media façade” on the Turbulences FRAC Centre building in Orléans, France, designed by Jakob + MacFarlane), animation (Issey Miyake’s designs come to life in letters in the stylish 2007 video “A-POC Inside”), short films (the

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“Logorama,” by H5 (2009). © Autour de Minuit, Paris

amusing “Logorama,” by H5, in which the city of Los Angeles is built entirely of animated corporate logos [used without permission, a real feat in a lawsuit-crazed world]), title sequences (the text receding into space at the beginning of Star Wars) and design (an interactive piece by Peter Bilak Tänzerin in which onscreen dancers obey visitors’ typed command to form a letter; pictured at the top of this page). Altogether, the exhibition presents 120 onscreen exhibits.

Many of the works in this interesting show can be found online, but it is worth going to the Lieu du Design to see its setting in a complex of converted factories next to the Canal de Saint Denis in northeastern Paris’s redevelopment area and also for the handsome scenography of diagonal black-and-white slats designed for the exhibition by Vincent Blouin and Julien Legras of the agency Elément Commun.

Heidi Ellison

Lieu du Design: 11, rue de Cambrai, 75019 Paris. Métro: Corentin Cariou. Tel.: 01 40 41 51 02. Open Monday-Saturday, noon-6pm. Admission: free. www.lelieududesign.com

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