La parenthèse urbaine
September 15, 2011 7:52 PM   Subscribe

La parenthèse urbaine. A stop-motion journey around an abandoned Paris railway line (SLV)
posted by The Discredited Ape (8 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
What a fun ride. Looks like they weren't shy about using cutting tools.
posted by longsleeves at 8:19 PM on September 15, 2011

Stop motion? That's what I call time-lapse. I shudder at the work that went in to taking the photos. Even with a monopod, it would be a lot of work. But better than the results I'm getting from a Contour shooting at 3 second intervals, dollied on my bike.
posted by Goofyy at 8:50 PM on September 15, 2011

Très intéressant!
posted by Meatafoecure at 12:07 AM on September 16, 2011

It's fun, attractive and thought provoking without being didactic. I generally get pissed off by video art (a category I guess this falls into), but this was great. Contrasting ideas of loss and regrowth seemed to ebb and flow through the whole thing.
posted by howfar at 2:51 AM on September 16, 2011

Liked the color graffiti in a black and white world.
posted by Xurando at 4:24 AM on September 16, 2011

More information about the rail line at (in French)
posted by sriracha at 5:57 AM on September 16, 2011

why is this abandoned? It looks like a primo right-of-way through a pretty heavily populated cityscape. I know zero about paris geography or public transit, but this should be reactivated and used. It's a waste to let it rust when it could be genuinely useful to thousands of people.

Then again, maybe there's some reason I can't think of. Or is this already planned?
posted by LiteOpera at 2:52 PM on September 16, 2011

Of course Wikipedia has articles: Grande Ceinture line , Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture.

London, the US and Canada too had dozens (hundreds?) of "belt line" railways (hilly Duluth even had a funicular called 'belt line'). A phrase once heard everywhere, now the memories (like that of the unwritten history of electric trams) are so lost in the fogs of time that even Wikipedia has yet to address it.

Which is cool about this video. Because the memory's sitting right there but (probably) very few people know what it means any more. Like a bottle of Witch Hazel on a bathroom vanity.
posted by Twang at 8:12 PM on September 16, 2011

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