This is a slightly off-topic, but it may interest some Micechatters visiting Paris. From may 5, a new exhibition takes place at the Centre George Pompidou (modern and contemporary museum) called Dreamlands about how world expos and amusement parks inspired creation and developement of cities...
May, 5 2010 - August, 9 2010 (11h00 - 21h00)
Centre Pompidou - Dreamlands - Art culture musée expositions cinémas conférences débats spectacles concerts
In creating its first theme parks in the early 1950 the Walt Disney Company developed the concept of 'imagineering': unlike the art of the engineer, for which form followed function, this new engineering of the imagination subordinated the architectural programme to a narrative, a story, a fiction. These same techniques have now been applied to the development of entire cities, from Las Vegas to Dubai and Shanghai. These developments testify to an increasing interpenetration of fiction and reality, leading to the contemporary invasion of 'storytelling' on the American model. All of us, everywhere, are now finding this a part of our everyday lives.