Friday, July 06, 2007

Passing the Time in Barcelona

Robin and I arrived in Barcelona early tuesday morning to attend the Inn Motion Festival at the CCCBwhere I am exhibiting both my poster "The Quitter"and my video by the same title. During our first night in town, we spent the evening walking through the Gothic District where the streets are narrow and old and just amazing for strolling and getting lost. As we were walking, I started to notice surveillance cameras on a number of the buildings, a very strange contrast between the old and the new:
On the following morning, Robin and I headed off for the Museu d'Art Contemporani where they have a great show up called: A Theater Without Theater. The absolute highlight for me was the projection of Rene Clair's 1924 film, Entr'acte. I had read about this film a few years back in Calvin Tomkin's amazing bigraphy on Marcel Duchamp. There is a famous scene of him playing chess with Man Ray, this film is amazing!

3 comments:

Alex said...

Interesting article with useful information. I still have to meet the first person that has visited Barcelona and has not fallen in love with this city. Without a doubt this is the greatest place (with people in it) that I have visited so far. . Great architecture, nice people, superb food, a relaxed atmosphere, perfect shopping, a nice climate; Barcelona has it all. And somehow, everybody seems to agree on this. Perhaps this is the reason why Barcelona ranks second (after Paris) worldwide in numbers of visitors per year.

Peter said...

Nice story.
We visited Barcelona in September 2006 and stayed for 5 days. We were lucky because among plenty of wonderful hotels in Barcelona we chose one that was in the Raval area, about 10 minutes walk from the Ramblas. Make sure that you have enough time to see the things you want when visiting this great city. And don't expect to see it all in one visit. There simply is too much to see here. I still have to meet the first person that has visited Barcelona and has not fallen in love with this city. Without a doubt this is the greatest place (with people in it) that I have visited so far. Great architecture, nice people, superb food, a relaxed atmosphere, perfect shopping, a nice climate; Barcelona has it all. And somehow, everybody seems to agree on this. Perhaps this is the reason why Barcelona ranks second (after Paris) worldwide in numbers of visitors per year.

Catalan guy said...

Surveillance cams on that particular street because the opposite walls are the city hall.