A women walks in the Musée du Louvre, alone. The museum is completely empty. We follow this young woman in her dreamlike journey through the different rooms of the museum, between amazement and beauty, art and poetry.
The woman : Eve Claudel
Director : Florent Igla DOP : Benjamin Ramalho Steadicam operator & Camera : Aymeric Colas First AC : Sonia Bisch Editor : Camille Guyot Color Grader : Arthur Paux Flame Artist : Gregg Langlois Smoke Artist : Bruno Beaudouin Production Company : O.I. Client : Musée du Louvre de Paris & Nintendo
Music : Sigur Rós - “Suð Í Eyrum”
This a director’s cut version of a movie I’ve made for clients Musée du Louvre and Nintendo. This a personal version.
Well, the idea is simple, if also complicated: new technology makes it possible for us to gather light and funnel it underground. And while New York City may be short on land, it has an abundance of underground space that’s not being used by the city’s transit authority, the M.T.A. (If you’ve spent any time on the subway, you’ve surely had the delirious experience of staring out a dark window only to be surprised by a renegade art project in an abandoned station—a graffiti mural, say, that shifts and moves as you hurtle by.) The Lowline concept, developed by Dan Barasch (formerly of PopTech) and James Ramsey of RAAD Studio, is to take one of the M.T.A.’s abandoned stations—the old Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, which opened in 1903 and closed in 1948, after streetcars stopped running—and turn it into a public park.
"Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you- it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you… Hopefully, you leave something good behind."
On my list of impractical wants/needs, a membership to Electric House (run and owned by the people behind the infamous Soho House) in Notting Hill is at the top.
Electric House is a private members club on Portobello Road, Notting Hill. Adjacent to one of the oldest cinemas in London and upstairs from the Electric Diner, the club has two floors with space for working, eating, drinking and relaxing from early in the morning until late at night.
On the first floor of Electric House is the main bar, leading through to a snug area with booth seating and views into the open kitchen and its wood grill.
I would spend hours doing work or absolutely nothing in those snug booths. I recommend not going to their site to spare yourself from longing.
(But do go, because the site and photography is beautiful).
"I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment."
Off to the famed Shangri-La to wander about the Himalayan foothills, visit monasteries, and drink more than my fill of butter tea. It’s a much-needed respite from my usual responsibilities to help me recover a little perspective on life.