Neurocosmopolite

Art performance, RISD 2014 Elisa Palluau

photo courtesy of the artist Elisa Mae Palluau

Designing the built environment to be inclusive of all ages and abilities is a relatively recent concept. Barrier-free architecture, when I was a college student, referred to building construction standards mostly for people with physical handicaps. Currently, accessibility guidelines encompass multisensory accommodations for a range of physical and mental abilities. Yet, it is often the social barriers Continue reading

Fa Si La…

Concerts that make a difference at the Philharmonie de Paris

fasiladifference concerts at the Philharmonie de ParisDepending on the context “There is a first time for everything” has different connotations. Most “firsts” are a mix of anticipation and anxiety. The premiere Fa Si- La différence concert at the Philharmonie de Paris is a perfect example. Continue reading

Petit Louvre

La Petite Galerie at the Louvre

Corps en mouvement-La danse au musée The Body in Movement- Dance and the Museum Exposition October 6, 2016 – July 3, 2017

Less is more. The phrase most often associated with architect Mies van der Rohe was first written in a poem by Robert Browning which begins “Who strive-you don’t know how the others strive” The Louvre intertwines the spirit of both in La Petite Galerie. Continue reading

Musical Hands

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When is hand flapping appropriate? According to those who tried to teach our son « quiet hands » such behavior is socially unacceptable. The ombromane however, elevates the fluid movement of his hands to an art form called shadowgraphy. Coupled with a musician whose fingers seem to fly over the keyboard renders les quatre mains a poetic art performance.  Philippe Beau conceived Les Ombres Errantes to music by Francois Couperin and performed with pianist Iddo Bar-Shai at the Auditorium du Louvre on Saturday October 8. Continue reading