A Massacre in the Métro Remembered

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TWO DAYS AGO, on Friday 8th February 2013, I found myself in Charonne station on Line 9 of the Paris Métro. At first sight, it’s just an ordinary Métro station with nothing in particular to commend it. But, as I walked into the station, passed through the ticket barrier and waited for my train on the platform, I couldn’t help thinking about the terrible event that took place here on 8th February, 1962, 51 years ago to the day.

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Waiting and thinking at Charonne station:

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On that day in 1962, the Paris police were responsible for the the massacre of nine people in the stairwell of Charonne station, an event that is remembered each year by a short ceremony and the laying of wreaths on the spot where the massacre took place. To get to my platform, I walked into the same stairwell and stopped to look at…

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Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project: giant red balls are about to invade Britain – Telegraph

 

Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project: giant red balls are about to invade Britain – Telegraph.

Kurt Perschke says: “As RedBall travels around the world, people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project.”

 

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Intimate Immensity

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“In point of fact, daydreaming, from the very first second, is an entirely constituted state. We do not see it start, and yet it always starts the same way, that is, it flees the object nearby and right away it is far off, elsewhere, in the space of elsewhere.”

— Gaston Bachelard,
Intimate Immensity,
in The Poetics of Space,
trans. Maria Jolas (Boston: Beacon, 1994), 183-84.