Are you plugged-in ?
by Georgina Oliver
It all started with the French frenzy for mobile phones. Now, streetwise
Parisians are set to plug into la révolution Internet... surfing
from cyber cafés to house music soirées, with state-of-the-art
electronic toys in the pockets of their designer jackets.
A brand new international protocol known as le wap gives mobile telephone users access to the Web. So, this summer, on the beach... Rows of branchés Itineris Visionautes will be seen clicking away frantically. On the screen of their Nokia 7110? A varied menu of on-line info and consumer services. The weather report. Real-time traffic conditions and stock-exchange tips. TV programming. Movie and CD releases. Nightclubbing suggestions.
The final, prospective section of an ultra-informative fashion exhibit titled Mutations//mode 1960-2000 spotlights casual attire integrating electronic devices such as mini CD disk players, as well as intelligent gear with Microchip Age applications. Watch out... One of these days, you'll be wearing smart fabrics that change color, monitoring your body temperature and betraying your emotions in the process. (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris/Galliera, 10, av Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16e, M° Iéna, tel: 01.47.20.85.23.)
Travel on Concorde? Or fly business class? Condé Nasts Vogue team are the Usual Suspects behind a revamped version of Air France Madame. The first edition of this bilingual glossy mag aimed at 30- or 40- something jetsetters includes a feature focusing on James Bond-like styles. A double-dealing trench-bathrobe, a minicamcorder, bags and pockets that fit like a second skin.... High-tech sunglasses by Alain Mikli and a miniaturized Sony video walkman are presented as technological extensions of female execs sporting New Age garments.
Youve seen them on the metro. A mutant species of digitally-equipped urban nomads. Some literally hooked on their favorite unplugged album... With outlandish headphones circled behind their heads and wires tucked into their Jansport backpacks. Others carrying cameras and cell phones in specially-conceived ergonomic apparel like Viaheros Pilot Bag or La Halles dead small, black Body Bag. The latest? Pastel-hued Bensimon par lafuma Eté 2000 hip and shoulder accessories.
Totally in sync with the nomade et écolo ethos, Philips has launched a cute little radio whose battery can be recharged at the turn of a crank. (249F)
What are you wearing to the British Council-backed UK DJ/techno/garage nights scheduled May 16-28 at the Batofar club cum converted lightboat (quai François Mauriac, M° Bibliothèque or Quai de la Gare, tel: 01.56.29.10.00)? How about a Ruvenfeder jeans top with a mobile and credit card pocket slashed across the front?
By definition, clubbing is a mobile lifestyle. Mercifully, Paris has its Noctambus... nightbuses that drive you home from the Châtelet, in the wee hours. The Eurostar offers a Saturday thru Sunday London Night Trip (290F). And, Mélisande of the Artbus collective organizes regular Busparties to bus plugged-in Parigots from one party to the next (Batofar, Rex, Gibus...), picking up DJs on the way. Contact: 01.49.23.16.40.
If youre plugged into the music scene, you know you should move on. But, you cant... Youre still listening to the electro-nostalgic soundtrack of Sofia Coppolas film The Virgin Suicides, composed and performed by Air. (Reportedly, the quintessentially breezy French Touch band is toying with the idea of moving to the States.)
On Saturday afternoon, the art circuit heads for the Scène Est
galleries in the 13th arrondissement. Till June 10, Galerie Almine
Rechs Espace 1 shows a pixelating series of Vibracolors by
Miltos Manetas, a painter-videomaker inspired by the crisscross
between traditional modes of expression and contemporary technology.
(24, rue Louise Weiss, tel: 01.45.83.71.90.)
A key July/August event, Arles Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie are like an annual snapshot of whats going on in the world of photography. This year, experimental photo freaks will rush to On Air! an evening screening highlighting young visual artists influenced by DJ/Internet culture. Why On Air? As a tribute to the pioneering radio studios of the 50s. The first to be plugged in...
Chefs in white toques served fuming mini platters of roast pork at a sizzling DJ/champagne/sushi party thrown to relaunch the renovated Hotel Millennium Opera-Paris. Formerly frequented by 20th century luminaries like Jean Cocteau, Sacha Guitry, Henri Matisse and Charles Lindbergh, this Gatsbyesque establishment caters for Internet era nabobs and their artist friends. And, its theaterland restaurant, La Brasserie Haussman, is open daily till midnight. (12 bd, Haussmann, 9e, tel: 01.49.09.16.00.)
A celeb in his native Offenburg, designer/actor/photographer Schwani
(German for swan) takes pictures of himself in bizzare postures
and accouterments. Totally, totally outrageous. But, such fun!
(May 19 to June 2, Arts Factory, 48, rue dOrsel, 18e, tel: 01.53.28.13.50.)
Some clothes stores are like a way of life. Kiliwatch is one of these. Selling a savvy mix of cutting-edge labels (Levi's Engineered, Diesel, JNCO...) and upgraded flea market gear, this rue Tiquetonne style space adopts a caring attitude toward its clients privilège. In addition to special discounts, they get invitations to after-shopping gigs at clubs like Les Bains.
Viahero's Pilot Bag
© Martial Viahero
Levi's with Cables by Milos Manetas
courtesy of Galeery Almine Rech
Eurostar's Night trip ad
"On Air" image
D Gonzales Foester/ RIP, Arles 2000
James Turrell light installation
Swhwani by Schwani
courtesy of the Art Factory