Day 6 and Day 7
I would firstly like to apologise for my silence yesterday. Tina and I have been using our film to connect events through out the city during Paris COP21, however we are finding that many of the programmed art/culture events and direct action have been cancelled, changed or moved with little or no notice. Until yesterday when this has happened we have simply moved on to the next event but unfortunately we found ourselves with a day of unexpected changes and cancellations. At La Gaîté Lyrique instead of a Face to Face with Tomas Saraceno we sat in on the Bear Grylls of France who gave a fascinating and animated course in distopian survival, so all was not lost.
12 noon today Switching Heads were at the Pyramide du Louvre armed with a black umbrella and excited to join in ART NOT OIL's planned action. I don't think I have ever seen so many police and military per square meter. But despite this oppressive presence the action went ahead and whilst we stood together under a canopy of black umbrellas and chanted in unison about the Louvre's oil sponsorship inside a small party spread an oil slick across the pristine gallery. They were of course surrounded by police but the whole action was very peaceful and somber.
Sadly the rest of the day continued as it had yesterday with changes and closures meaning the spaces and audiences we hoped to borrow were no longer available. However we did get a few sneaky photos of our film at the Louvre whilst the police were taking their caffe break.
SH at Pyramide du Louvre during ART NOT OIL's action.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova