Following an invitation from artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey Tina and I began today's Parisian expedition with Switching Heads at the opening of their show Radical Action Reaction in the grounds of the musée d'histoire naturelle and the jardin des plantes. Their work, a great theatrical curtain of lush grass framing a young evergreen oak tree had gathered quite a crowd of ArtCOP21 artists and audience alike who were also very interested in our backpack cinema. Tina and I have been quite shocked at how many people are choosing to watch Fram all the way to the end despite the rather unique viewing platform on our backs.
From Radical Action Reaction we walked the film to Olafur Eliasson's icebergs at the Place du Panthéon. 12 icebergs transported all the way from Greenland have been left to melt into the cobble stones as onlookers look, touch and lick the ice. Our film and Arctic outfits complimented the work well however you have to question whether the icebergs really do connect people with our endangered polar landscape or if after their removal from the environment and then 100s of miles of shipping they would have been better left alone in the disappearing land.
Point éphémère was our final stop for the day where the Indigenous People's Summit is being held over the next few days. A group of film makers were showcasing a film they have made in collaboration with indigenous people in the Amazon entitled If Not Us Then Who? It was really interesting to see how other film makers are using this medium to transport the stories and struggles of remote communities to viewers across the world.
Radical Action Reaction, Ackroyd + Harvey, SH in the grounds of musée d'histoire naturelle, SH in between Olafur Eliasson's icebergs Place du Panthéon, SH's expedition moving past Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Cathédrale Notre Dame,
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova