Among the many consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unexpected one is the increase in sales of the famous 1947 book by the French philosopher Albert Camus, The Plague . Currently at the 25th position of French book sales, it tells the story of a fictitious plague epidemic in Oran in the 1940s, describing how inhabitants tackled it. A topic obviously relevant to our present time, which certainly explains the rise of the book’s sales.
Even though Camus conceived the book as an allegory of the resistance to Nazism, it also was a way for him to convey his vision…
While the French word fil means “sewing thread”, the expression au fil doesn’t have a precise English translation: it designates something happening “over” a certain period, “in the course of” an action or event.
With this article, it’d like to take you with me au fil the numerous fil-made beautiful tapestries I’ve encountered at the impressive exhibition of the Rotterdam contemporary art museum Kunsthal, “Extra Large, Tapestries from Picasso and Le Corbusier to Louise Bourgeois”.
The purpose of this exhibition? To present a large-scale retrospective of impressive tapestries, from the end of the First World War to nowadays, and show…
This is a tough story to write.
One year ago, I wouldn’t even have considered doing such a thing.
Because it means admitting years of weakness, insecurities, and “lack of self-control”; years of tears and pain when sitting on random toilets’ floor with vomit on my face; years of lying and thinking about food at any moment, in any place, with anyone; years of that little voice that randomly forced me to go purge myself; years of that vicious circle I thought I would never break free from.
But here I am today, exposing myself on the Internet, with anyone…
(This article contains spoilers — beware if you haven’t seen this masterpiece yet)
If you think about it, which part of Kubrick’s The Shining scares you the most?
What if I told you that the first half of the film is way scarier than the “crazy-man-chasing-his-family-with-an-ax” end?
These (mostly) non-bloody first scenes might be happening during the day, in a beautiful and luminous hotel — very far from the typical dark and dirty frame of most horror pieces — they still are more frightening than the rest of the movie.
Why? Because we anticipate horror: despite sensing that something bad…
It’s a sad time for festivalgoers.
Better safe home than dangerously raving outside, of course. But it still hurts to know that our favorite part of the year — summer and its music festivals — is getting canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The positive aspect is, now we have time to reflect upon the things we enjoy. Why not then research on these festivals we miss so much? It might bring us closer to them in spirit if we can’t enjoy them physically.
At least, that’s what I told myself when enthusiastically diving into documentaries about the history of…
Are you familiar with the concept of “human security”?
This notion emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War and was first coined in the UN system by the 1994 UNDP Human Development Report New Dimensions of Human Security.
Its specificities are:
It is by drawing on this very notion that the UN Security Council voted in 2011 resolutions 1970 and 1973, authorizing military intervention in Libya in order to “protect civilians and…
The music industry still has a long way to go to reach gender equality. According to the female:pressure FACTS survey, around two-thirds of acts in electronic music festivals are still performed by male artists.
But it needs to be acknowledged that some progress has been made.
Charlotte de Witte, Peggy Gou, Rebekah… The names of the electronic music scene are becoming increasingly feminine. And numbers prove it: the proportion of female acts at electronic music festivals worldwide has more than doubled since 2012, going from 9.2% to 24.6%.
It seems like female artists are (finally) starting to get the recognition…
6 am on a Saturday.
I am lying on the floor next to my friends, completely exhausted from the night of raving I just went through.
The sun is rising, gently warming us as we are discussing vehemently. Who did the best DJ set tonight? The question leads my friends and me into a passionate, endless debate.
As we are arguing in favor of our favorite artist, someone in the crowd catches my attention.
A man, about forty-years-old.
I have seen him before, and he already did not look quite alright. But in raves, a lot of people do not…
Humanities student at Sciences Po — Arts, Music & Festivals lover sharing her researches and thoughts ✨