Head over to Cheikha Rimitti
's MySpace page and listen to the first tune up on her player (starts when you open the page), called Saida
. Whoa! Is that badass or what?
Well, there's 5 other tunes of hers there for your listening pleasure, covering a wide swath of stylistic territory within the Algerian music tradition she was such an important part of. Yet another
MySpace page pays tribute (with 4 more songs!) to this powerful singer, and you can also learn more about her at the Cheikha Rimitti
website, which is in French, but with links like "Musique" and "Vidéos", you shouldn't have too much trouble with it. There's an informative English-language video biography
of this "Mother of Raï
", not to mention this performance footage (with those fantastic flutes!) of Saida
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 5, 2008 -
The Roma Journeys
- contemporary photographs of Roma life in Hungary, India, Greece, Romania, France, Russia, and
Finland by Joakim Eskildsen. For more photo essays and info on the Roma, see two superb prior posts by plep
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 15, 2007 -
"I've hidden myself and covered myself for too long. Now I want to show myself fearlessly, even though I know my body arouses repugnance. I want to recover because I love life and the riches of the universe. I want to show young people how dangerous this illness is."
French Comedienne Isabelle Caro
, 27, an anorexic who weighs just 68 pounds, was displayed on Milan billboards (NSFW)
for fashion designer Nolita
as the city celebrated fashion week. The prevalence of eating disorders within the fashion industry
have only recently been addressed
officially, however Georgio Armani
has complained that since Caro isn't a model herself it proves "even people who take no notice of fashion get anorexic."
posted by miss lynnster
on Sep 30, 2007 -
clearly belongs to spain. But so many immigrants came to France to find work or escape from the civil war that there is a small community of guitarists in southern France who are playing it with original voices. Bernardo Sandoval
was the subject of a post in mefi music
some time ago. Antonio "kiko" ruiz
is about to come to the United States with Renaud-Garcia-Fons : their work can be seen here
. Serge Lopez
is another great guitarist who puts some guitar parts
on his website. Salvador Paterna
adds to the traditional sound of flamenco both the 'oud and the violin.
They are all from or nearby Toulouse
posted by nicolin
on Sep 4, 2007 -
is a French sculpture artist whose work feels like Jules Verne as realized by Tim Burton; the sculptures all share cartoonish steampunk vibe that's really appealing. Sadly, the site is 100% Flash, so no linking to specific favorites, but at the very least the navigation remains fairly straightforward.
posted by jonson
on May 5, 2007 -
Of course you do! Well, two new videos
make for interesting comparison. Not Washington D.C. but Paris France. Not the subway station but the streets. Not classical but pop. Not Joshua Bell but The Shins
. Begin armchair comparative cultural criticism.....NOW!
posted by jmccw
on Apr 16, 2007 -
Redefining Avogadro's Number.
A mole is the number of molecules in a gram of water: ~6.022 x 1023
. Unfortunately "a gram" is defined by a chunk of metal
in a vault
in France, the last of the seven SI units still defined by a physical artifact. Since the reference mass (known as "Le Gran K") is actually changing over time
(due to cleaning, handling, etc), the definition of a gram is currently temporally unstable. Now a new proposal
has been put forward to explicitly define the number to be a known integer: 602,214,141,070,409,084,099,072, which would fundamentally change the way we define a gram. Le Gran K could become a historical curiosity like the original platinum meter stick
posted by dkg
on Mar 2, 2007 -
French Jewish writer Irène Némirovsky's
claim to fame rests on Suite Française, a novel that she wrote about the German occupation of France while awaiting death in Auschwitz but which was not published until 2004. Irène may also provoke interest because her early fiction was steeped in anti-semitic stereotypes and serialized in right-wing newspapers. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Feb 6, 2007 -
Ce n'est pas une cigarette
France is the latest to ban smoking in public, joining Spain, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Ukraine, and the U.S. among others. This short article
from The Atlantic shows the long history of countries attempting to ban smoking, from Pope Urban VIII to Hitler. Somehow I think these bans are here to stay.
posted by papoon
on Feb 3, 2007 -
France is losing Algeria. It’s lost Indochina. Sure, it’s culturally very productive, with Nouvelle Vague
cinema at its height and existential philosophy gaining ground in the world at large. But to the nation of Napoléon and to one that preferred to emphasise the Résistance in its more recent history, that wasn't enough. What to do? Why, propose political union with Britain, of course.
posted by Aidan Kehoe
on Jan 15, 2007 -
Memoirs of Phillipe de Commynes
. A first-hand account of the 15th-century military and diplomatic struggle between Louis XI
, a master of intrigue, and his most powerful rival, Charles the Bold
, Duke of Burgundy
. "At that time the subjects of the house of Burgundy were very rich because of the long peace which they had enjoyed and the great moderation of the prince under whom they lived, who taxed his subjects little. It seems to me that then his territories could well have been described as the Promised Land, more so than any others on earth. They were overflowing with wealth and they had a peace which they have not since experienced during the last twenty-three years. ... But today I do not know in this world a people so desolate, and I fear that the sins of the time of their prosperity have brought them their present adversity; most of all because they did not recognize that all these favours came from God who distributes them as it pleases him."
posted by russilwvong
on Jan 9, 2007 -
This time-lapse video of an oil-painting being created
by Pablo Picasso is brief, but captivating. The clip is a scene taken from the 1955 French documentary "The Mystery of Picasso
," in which director Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed the artist painting 20 different pieces. Bizarrely enough, almost all the art created for the film had to be destroyed upon close of production due to contractual obligation. Via
posted by jonson
on Jan 1, 2007 -
Bourbonnais. No, not Bourbonnais, IL
, but Bourbonnais
, a historic province in France that flourished during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. In this area there are hundreds of churches built in the Romanesque
In 2004 Stephen Murray
, an art history professor, and his students recieved a $500,000 grant
to document, process, and archive
data from the churches into a digital database, all available online
posted by provolot
on Dec 5, 2006 -
is a simple French flash game; balance a ball on one axis while playing pong on a reversed axis. Easier to understand if you just visit the link.
posted by jonson
on Oct 27, 2006 -
BramTV [flash] [possibly NSFW]
Art + interaction = data-dandy behaviour. If you like to be in control you may well find this extremely annoying.
posted by tellurian
on Oct 19, 2006 -