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Stepping into the Archive

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Musée des Arts Décoratifs 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Archives are full of images, of representations that we can sometimes no longer understand – or even recognize. If their meanings only emerge in relation to the person viewing them, what might they still tell us about the society and culture that made them? How might we go about reading them today?

Aiming at offering answers to these questions, Parsons Paris MA students from the course Design & Visual Studies present here a series of original and research-based juxtapositions: each time, a critical dialog is created between a document from the archive and one from the outside world.

Exploring the shoe and its strong iconographical presence in the library archive, this curatorial proposition is to bring the archive to life, by looking at old documents in new ways, by identifying and challenging stereotypes, and by updating the infinite polysemy of the image to question its relationship to reality. What happens when the image becomes more powerful than that which it represents?

Please join the Design & Visual Studies MA Students on December 10th in the Bibliothèque du Musée des Art Décoratifs for an evening of further exploration on the shoe through a performance by Emilie Girault titled The Rise of Power.

11 curators, 11 propositions – step this way please!

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