Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Visiting 6 Billion Others (Or... The Day I Froze to Death Inside a Museum)

Today I wanted to go to a museum, and I was going to go to the Cluny and then the Orsay, but I decided that it might be a better day to go (finally) to see 6 Billion Others at the Grand Palais.

I was both right and wrong. Right because I timed it perfectly and got there about 20 minutes before the ticket booth opened, which meant... I was about the 10th person inside.
Wrong because the Grand Palais must not have any heating system inside, it has an all-glass roof and it was FREEZING today in Paris.

Freezing today in Paris + no heating in the Grand Palais = Sarah enjoying the exhibit for only 3 hours instead of 6, all the while being bundled up in her coat, scarf, and gloves.

Good thing I bought the unlimited visitor's pass, so I can go back later when I've had a chance to buy some glove warmers to stick in my pockets. :)

At the exhibit, they also have little recording studios where you can sit down with a camera and record yourself answering the same questions that they asked the people who are being presented in the exhibit.

Questions like:
-What are you afraid of?
-How can you make love last forever?
-What is your first childhood memory?
-What makes you cry?
-What is your biggest dream?
-What did you learn from your parents? If you have children, what do you want them to learn from you?

This exhibit is amazing, and very eye-opening. There are several videos linked on their official website that can give you a feel for what the exhibit is all about (the videos ARE the exhibit). Since you can't come to Paris, pleeeeease go to the website and look at the videos that are posted there. I think they're amazing.

So... anyway. Here are the pictures of what the exhibit looks like. They took the questions and divided them into more general topics and then created little 'huts' for the topics. So there was a hut about childhood memories, one about love, one about crying, one about fear, etc. (As a side note... the huts were heated, but not very well.)

1 comment:

Diane said...

I went to their website...what an amazing exhibit it must have been. I spent an hour just listening to a few of the topics.