“Do we have to travel to achieve happiness?” This is the theme of the exhibition that the EDF Foundation (Electricité de France) is organizing this year from May to the end of the year at the EDF Foundation, 6 rue Récamier, 75007, Paris.
As the name suggests, in today’s environment of increasing weather disasters and pandemics, where people’s desire to travel and the limited world dominated by governments are in sharp conflict, and where people have been stuck in one city for a long time, the question is arising more and more frequently:
This exhibition, organized by EDF in association with 32 French and international contemporary artists, is based on a new theme – the journey – and will provide an answer to the question of travel.
The evolution of tourism and the development anxiety of the traveler
If people enjoy tourism physically and mentally, they should not forget that when we arrive at a tourist place, the tourist infrastructure has already been set up in nature.
For example, our travel transport – airplanes ✈️, trains 🚄 or ships 🚢 – use fossils, and unless they can one day be replaced by green energy, their impact on nature continues.
Today, the world’s major transportation routes to hiking trails have created a profusion of routes that cover the entire planet in a crisscrossing fashion. As the vast space of the planet becomes accessible and people travel regularly, it also means that the entire planet can be exploited if the capital is profitable.
Imagine the scenario of a fully explored Earth, would you think that this is the Earth you see walking under your feet now?
Even today, when mankind has not yet explored every corner of the planet 🌍, it is still difficult to avoid the anxious conflicts of travel for tourists.
The airport is a very special place, with a dual and conflicting infrastructure.
It is a place where individuals, bodies, behaviors and even daily habits can be seen as potential threats to airport security, where our qualities as “human beings” are diminished.
The burden of travel has been magnified by additional state controls exacerbated in the shadow of the disease pandemic, an anxiety that has manifested itself in the conflict between constant surveillance and personal freedom, between unmasked identity checks and masked infection control.
This series of video episodes takes a critical look at the laws of the airport microcosm that lies at the heart of much of our travel. It gets us thinking: is travel limited by the demand for frenetic travel and the carrying capacity of the infrastructure?
How can I travel without having to move around a lot?
Realization through real space
Since the 20th century, private space companies have proliferated, including SpaceX, BlueOrigin, and VirginGalactic, but the reality is that most of them have disappeared in history. The patches shown here are nine private space companies that have gone bankrupt or abandoned their projects, and their existence illustrates the fragility of space travel projects.
These dreams, as passionate and naive as they were at the beginning, gave rise to excessive travel fantasies, unaware of their limits. These failures were then confronted with the conflict between the great successes and the practical possibilities of space travel.
However, if these technological feats are successfully achieved, we will still encounter other problems: space travel brings with it economic inequalities and the measurement of ecological costs.
Short stays and local visits
If you don’t want to go on an expensive and long trip, why not take a walk in the city? Through our Follow Paris community, we offer different types of activities.
Whether it’s a children’s event, a workshop or even finding an event to host at Green Nature, we have something for everyone. Sign up to be part of our community today! You’ll be able to start a new local tour soon.
Realization through virtual space
The rich video resources of the Internet
The internet is full of information, you can find anything you want, Youtube, TikTok, Facebook, people who are willing to share their life.
Whether it’s watching a few minutes of a short travel video, or whether you prefer to live the whole experience of a trip in a Youtube vlog, you can really live someone else’s life without leaving your home.
VR equipment (Virtual Reality)
A multitude of video resources coupled with VR, the moment you put it on, it’s as if all your mind has gone somewhere else, the wind in your ears, the smell of salt left by the sea on the beach, the birds singing in the trees, it’s as if you were in the moment captured on video!
No garbage all over the beach, no crowds of people, no noise, an immersion to relive and discover a strange parade experience!
Artistic olfactory journey
Julie C. Fortier takes us on an olfactory journey that awakens our most primary and instinctive senses. Our sense of smell can almost guide us on the path of scents, sketching imaginary landscapes.
The smells are invisible but they exist, they awaken our memories and take us to similar places we have visited, it is a journey of the mind and memory.
By recording four different skies and four accompanying scents, Julie C. Fortier documents the experience of looking at the sky, sometimes clear and fresh, sometimes dark and stormy.
What is the meaning of travel ?
The video “Going Nowhere”, filmed by a drone, shows a man walking along the coast of a North Sea island in a kind of Sisyphean exploration.
As the tide rises, the outline of the sand shrinks until it disappears completely, taking the walker with it. The traveler’s space shrinks and the imprint of his passage gradually fades. However, he seems to persist in his walk until he disappears completely under the waves.
It is as a metaphor for climate change, and more specifically the rising waters, that Going Nowhere explores a journey into a debilitating world. How absurd and tragic it is for a man to be alone in the face of nature’s implacability and to face this insistence on already knowing the outcome.
We may think that man can go anywhere, but in reality he can go nowhere. It is a journey without destination, and only nature itself can end it.
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