Hi, faithful Readers. Thank you for coming back to my blog. I kind of feel like I have bailed on you of late, not even giving decent responses to comments on the previous two blogs. I apologize for not following up better. It’s not because I did not appreciate what you had to say! I did. Thank you to everyone who read and commented.
My only excuse is that with my motto of “Life first, blog later!” I have indeed been out, living life! This is a good thing. This is not to say I have abandoned you, entirely. In fact, you may notice I have made some changes around the Alien Parisienne home. I’ve got a new WordPress theme, and behind-the-scenes I have been working on revamping my links page (turning it into pages, plural), with more information for you. I am taking pictures for posts and have plenty of ideas of things to write about that are fermenting in the giant Blog Vat, aka My Brain. One thing I could use is a wee bit more time, or, rather, the ability to better manage what time I do have. *sigh* Can I get a holla from anyone else who struggles with that?!
I’m here today, though, as I have a Special Report where time is of the essence, and where my presence at the press event today means I need to get on the stick and actually post about it quickly to generate that “Internet Buzz” that is hoped-for by the people who invited me. By getting to go to these things (usually courtesy of Paris Paul who is the one who gets the invites – I am usually the +1), it means I have to be on the ball enough to go ahead and write about them tout de suite!
So, here you go. This is a write-up about a new exhibition opening Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Musée des Arts et Métiers:
RADIO – OUVREZ GRAND VOS OREILLES! / RADIO – OPEN YOUR EARS!
Continue reading to find out more about this exhibition.
What is it?
The Musée des Arts et Métiers – the Museum of Arts and Crafts, with Radio France and the National Audiovisual Institute, presents its new temporary exhibition “Radio: Open Your Ears!” (Fr: Radio: Ouvrez grand vos oreilles!) devoted to the history of radio broadcasting in France.
Where is it?
The Musée des Arts et Métiers
60 rue Réamur, Paris 75003
When is it?
From February 28, 2012 to September 2, 2012
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday evenings until 9:30 pm.
(closed Mondays, May 1, and December 25)
How much does it cost?
Full price (exhibition only): € 5.50, Reduced price: € 3.50
Combined ticket, Permanent and temporary exhibitions:
Full price: € 7.50, Reduced price: € 5.50; Under 18: € 3.50
How can I get there?
Métro Arts-et-Métiers (lines 3 & 11) or Réamur Sébastopol (line 4)
Buses: 20, 38, 39, or 47
Map (and other practical information)
Why should I go?
Have you ever stopped to consider the integral role that radio has played in our lives? At the “Radio: Open Your Ears!” exhibition, you can learn about not only the history of radio in France, but its impact on the sociopolitical and cultural landscape of France as well, and correspondingly, the world. The exhibit is creatively designed around an interactive timeline that brings the history of radio to life.
So, who will enjoy this exhibition?
- People whose French is reasonably good. I’m still a beginner, yet can read quite a bit of French and get the gist. The exhibition is text and, naturally, audio-heavy, and is only in French. It is great practice for listening and reading in French, though!
- People who are interested in the history of France. The development of radio in France is a really interesting point-of-view for examining critical points in modern French history, such as World War II and the uprising of May 1968 and the role radio played in each.
- People who enjoy the development of technology and mass media. This is pretty much a given: if you are someone who is interested in seeing the actual radios used in the past, starting from the earliest of radios up to the present-day digital versions, you will enjoy this. If you are someone who has reasonable French and would like to learn more about the role of mass media in France, you will also find this exhibition of value.
- People who like really cool museum exhibition design. I thought the exhibition was really creatively made and well-lit. I’d say for this alone, if you are planning on a trip to the Musée des Arts et Métiers while in Paris anyway, why not go ahead and buy a combined ticket and check out the exhibition? I really liked all of the giant radio designs which doubled as exhibit rooms as I traveled through time in the history of radio.
More information: Go to the Musée des Arts et Métiers website — http://www.arts-et-metiers.net
What did I think about it?
I got a kick out of seeing all the historic radios and appreciated learning more about French history via the development of the radio waves (“les ondes”). I think the exhibit is worth checking out! In fact, I have been meaning to go to the permanent collection at the Musée des Arts et Métiers for quite a while now – I have heard there are quite a lot of interesting technological and scientific/engineering marvels to learn about there. I should go back and check the radio exhibition out once more while I am at it. If you are in Paris, I recommend that you check out the museum’s permanent collection – and for just a couple of euros extra, learn something about the history of radio in France until September 2012.
Over and out.
(an alien parisienne)