Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bruit !


The weekend is coming up, time to party and... possibly make a little noise! I found this interesting work of graffiti in the 13th arrondissement atop a little restaurant in the area. I don't know if it was a message to the owners to quiet down at night, or just a general message to the PDP readers! You tell me... (quietly!)

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  1. It is better than STFU, don't you think? I will do my best to make lots of noise tomorrow. FUN PHOTO.

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  2. Excellent shot of some well-done graffiti, Eric. For a moment I thought the blue above it was sky, but now I think not. We were discussing graffiti on my blog yesterday--whether or not it's a good thing or bad.

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  3. Cali...nicely done GF! I was busy reading about Petrea becoming a famous TV star in Europe when you snuck in and brought in da noise and da funk! Kudos! I'm sure someone from Arizona will truly appreciate this one for her doctoral dissertation!

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  4. It's such a nice way to grouse or to express itself, don't you think?
    Definitely better than to spread a door (mine, for example) with indelible ink, right? (yes, it happened)...
    I thought too that it was the sky at the first sight!
    Time to party Eric?! What did you plan? Where will you bring us (through your camera) this week end? What strange/unknown/amazing/special place are you going to show us?

    Petrea, I was watching at it on the web, in English (improving my English all the time!)...but this 3rd season will come around September or October in Europe, so you'll be dubbed soon!! I'll keep an eye on the French version, don't worry. For sure your voice will be sexy!

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  5. Guille, "What strange/unknown/ amazing/special place are you going to show us?" Not too much pressure LOL

    Petrea, "...sexy..." Definitely!

    Cali, Where did that come from? You thought of something to say GF -- I knew you were putting me on so that you could sneek in there first:->

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  6. I guess I can't be trusted, Lois. ;-)

    Coltrane: this will be right up her alley!

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  7. Lois, you're right, maybe I was too demanding and Eric would have spent the weekend to find THE place to see...sorry Eric, no pressure. LOL

    Congrats GF Cali!

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  8. Very cool. I have a son who loves to make noise. He would love to have this in his room, I think.

    I wonder if the artist was saying that we need to make noise, or that it was too noisy already? Very curious.

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  9. I thought maybe they could hear the groaning of my daughters from there...school's back in session, and what an adjustment it has been!

    That's not the sky? I have to look again.

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  10. NOISE!! I'm at an age where I like peace and quiet!!

    Congrats GF Cali...enjoy your crown;))

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  11. Very artful. Sssshhhh!

    We've been making a bit of noise ourselves tonight - i just spent the evening with M et Mme Benaut from Adelaide!!!! Oh yes! FUN!

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  12. Eric, Cali just told me "Serge Gainsbourg house in Paris - it is covered in graffiti". Did you know that?

    Gramma Ann, "I'm at an age where I like peace and quiet!!" LOLaughing -- I'm at the age where I am losing my earing -- can you speak up!

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  13. Hi everyone -- and conratulations fromcali!

    I wonder if the 'NOISE' has something to do with 'Paris' and 'Montreal' written next to it? There's a very small arrow next to Montreal and a great big arrow next to Paris in the same color as NOISE!! It looks like it could be the comment on Paris winning a game or maybe someone arriving in Paris from Montreal. That's what I'd be making if were arriving in Paris -- very discreetly, of course!

    I have to see Petrea's appearance on the world scene -- is there a link (maybe its noted in yesterday's posts that I've been too busy to be able to get to.) I'm sure its stunning, too!

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  14. Oops fromcali - I mean Congratulations!!

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  15. bring in da funk, bring in da noise!

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  16. Oh, I forgot to say (off the photo subject but all about France) - last night I saw "Man On Wire - about a Frenchman named Phillipe Petit and his exploits in planning and executing a highwire walk between the two towers of the
    World Trade Center in NYC! I give it *****! Has anyone else seen it? What did you think?

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  17. I actually like it. Graffiti is subjective. I see much that is purley vandalism, but then others is just so artistic. My views change according to the piece I am viewing. I think this is just such a bold espressive statement, you can not ignore it.

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  18. Lois Simon: You're much younger than I am, so your hearing I'm sure is fine... I love your stories...you lead a very exciting life;))

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  19. Great photo, Eric!
    And way to go, Cali.
    I was also wondering about the references to Paris and Montreal. Also wondered why it doesn't say "BRUIT!!"—or perhaps "Ta Gueule!" if the opposite is what the artist intended (as Christie, maman of the noisy son, suggests).

    And Carrie, haven't yet seen this film, but I'll never forget when he walked between the Trade Towers back in '74. He was quite the NYC fixture for a while and used to hang out in Washington Square Park. (My fave yoga teacher says he's a true yogi, with such incredible focus, balance, AND heart.)

    Lois -- I knew Gainsbourg's house well; for a time I lived on the next street over, and it was right behind me. Of course, that was pre-graffiti. I found this from our friend Loic.

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  20. great photo!. i like this blog. photos and stories of Malaysia, Sabah, and Borneo in my blog. plz feel free to visit.

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  21. I still think it strange that the graffiti is in English, in France.

    After my post the other dayd on graffiti in Butte aux Caille, I arrived in NYC. I was walking off jetlag when I gasped at a bldg, at 77th and Columbus. There was a Woody Allan paper graffiti(a "better " way to vandalize?) by....Jef Aerosol!!! I went back Thurs. to take a photo and they were already scrapping it off.
    Yesterday in London , I did the Tate Modern Graffiti walk, but |i felt what i was looking at was contrived. Give me Old Street in LHR and my favorite places in Paris for the real subversive interesting stuff.

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  22. I still think it strange that the graffiti is in English, in France.

    After my post the other dayd on graffiti in Butte aux Caille, I arrived in NYC. I was walking off jetlag when I gasped at a bldg, at 77th and Columbus. There was a Woody Allan paper graffiti(a "better " way to vandalize?) by....Jef Aerosol!!! I went back Thurs. to take a photo and they were already scrapping it off.
    Yesterday in London , I did the Tate Modern Graffiti walk, but |i felt what i was looking at was contrived. Give me Old Street in LHR and my favorite places in Paris for the real subversive interesting stuff.

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  23. De do do do, de da da da.....
    You do, you don't, you aren't, you aren't, you do, I do..., lol!
    Great graffiti!
    De do do do, de da da da.....

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  24. Perhaps this is statement on the nature of Graffiti - visual noise. It's everywhere these days and drowns out the beauty of the cityscape. Walking around Paris it can be found on the sidewalks, streets, buildings, bridges - EVERYWHERE!

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  25. I tag everywhere, man,
    I tag everywhere...

    I'm about ready to make some noise somewhere.

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  26. What happened 1 929 years ago? (it was very noisy!) What’s the difference between 79AD and 2008? Anything? Sydney Daily Photo

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  27. Lois, Alexa, Cali, et al...as I just emailed Cali re: Serge and Jane Birkin, for what it's worth, I'll pass this tidbit along. Thought you'd be interested. In a recent documentary on Serge and Jane, the interviewer asked Jane about "Je t'aime" (their 1969 hit). Jane said with much pride that she played the song for her mother and that her mother thought it was quite lovely. The interviewer seemed a bit taken aback at this response,so Jane added that she played the song for her mother up to the part of the moaning and then would stop it. I thought this was humorous as Jane's mother sounded like such a proper English lady...(My humble onion--she was an actress in Noel Coward musicals so I'm sure she was used to moans...mainly coming from the Churchill types who weren't Coward fans). I honestly didn't know much about Serge, so I appreciate the comments about this famous French artist.;-)

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  28. Alexa, Merci for the link. Loïc has had those photos up for a while and I noticed -- not one comment.

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  29. Jeff...but can you tell me where I could find Winnemucca? Still looking. Get back to me as I'm crossing the deserts bare, man. ;-)

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  30. Street art in Europe seems so much more inspiring and beautiful than the ones I see around here.

    I have to admit, I'm a big jealous. Beautiful picture once again.

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  31. A bit off the subject, but PDP-related:
    I remained subscribed to Eric's Cool Encounter post, about photographer Robin Maltete, son of Rene Maltete. You may remember he was off to Bali to take photos. He has posted two and you can find links to them in the comments at Eric's post.

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  32. PHX-CDG - I just saw an article on MSNBC's US news page about two New York taggers who were arrested coming back into NYC having gone to Europe and painted their names on train cars all over Europe. They were a male and a female and they gave info about the female but didn't say much about the male. I wonder if he's Jef Aerosol? Whatever people think about tagging, it sure seems to be reaching a new level.

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  33. PS, I agree that its wierd that the graffiti in our photo is in English. That could point to a transcontag (my new coin!)but the message looks to be in some kind of context here, even if we can't figure it out, not just somebody marking their territory.

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  34. And, now my curiosity is killing me. What does this grafitti mean? But, I have no way to talk to the restaurant owner and find out what (s)he knows.

    Hmmm.....Maybe there's someone?....somewhere?....who might be willing someday....???? ; }

    (But only if that person really, really, really, had the time to do it!)

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  35. Carrie, maybe it doesn't mean anything special, don't you think?
    Actually, to me it's more a...I don't know the English noun for it, in French slang it's a 'blase', probably from the word 'blason' (coat of arms), more clearly, it's a distinguishing sign/feature, something to be recognized among all the others.
    Maybe I'm wrong, but the fact that there are 2 cities and a year written could corroborate my idea that there is no link with the real 'noise'.

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  36. And to satisfy Michael's request--> here is Petrea!!! (à 7mn40/20mn44).

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  37. ok there is a hotel in paris called montreal [this is true] the competitor wrote on the bilding for the tourist that the hotel is noisy so they stay at his hotel opposite to the montreal... if i get it right could i have a voucher for an answer on this .. i would like to buy a digital camera i have 300/400 euros to spend. Should i take a canon or a nikon i am just an amator [and still using the film camera].
    Btw i had to work today in a chidren clothes store it was hell because the ''rentree des classes'' is soon. All the kids need to be ''impeccable'' they dont not only need normal clothes but sport clothes, ''tablier'' . Have all a nice saturday night.
    Inge

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  38. Inge, Canon is good. I'm an amator too and my friends gave me for my birthday a CANON EOS E450D (the 400D is good too). But ask Eric!!
    Funny, I worked too in a (not only) children clothes shop and could say EXACTLY what you said!

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  39. Inge - what an interesting story!! Merci. I'm also an amateur & I agree with Guille on Canon. (Canon is my only personal experience.) I've had a Rebel XS for years that I love - very light and quiet even with long lenses and great photo quality.

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  40. I believe Jef Aerosol is French. He does go around the world with his street art, tho.

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  41. Guille - thank you so much for finding it!

    Petrea, you are great! I loved it! "Your top is gorgeous. Is it 100% silk?"

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  42. Oh, wow, I'm going to have to watch the whole thing and learn it in French!

    Thank you, Guille, that was so sweet of you. For anyone who doesn't want to watch the whole thing, the scene begins at 7:25 minutes and lasts about 20 seconds. Woohoo, I'm international now, baby!

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  43. Looks like I won't get to see Petrea. Everytime I try, it says video is unavailable, try later. Anyway, I tried...

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  44. Petrea...that is too cool! YOU ARE A STAR! AND LOOK SMASHING TOO! I always thought you looked familiar. ;-)
    Merci Guille! Good eye.

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  45. My husband suggesteed the artist orignally intended to say

    NOISETTE!!

    but ran out of space

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  46. My husband suggesteed the artist orignally intended to say

    NOISETTE!!

    but ran out of space

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  47. thanks Guille and Carrie for the camera references inge

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  48. I keep trying to see Petrea, too, but get the "temporarily unavailable" message, too. : (

    Hopefully I'll get to see her soon! : )

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  49. Oh, now what to do? Just because I'm obsessive, I googled the Hotel Montreal and its in the 9th -- but, Eric's libelle says the 13th -- are there two hotels??!! Or, is Eric's libelle off. Or, is there some other explanation (there usually is) for the mystery?!

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  50. What really amazes me in all cities all over the world is graffiti. A lot of it (well, some of it) is actually nice, or funny, or artistic.

    Would love to see more!

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  51. well sometimes Graffiti like this one looks so good and funny

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