Analog | Case Study Collection

Arrows.  Signs that move one through Paris can appear at any time of the day or night.  One might hear electric guitar emerge from the shadows over in a garden by the Canal or you should be looking down to pick up a euro and see the indication about what direction you should take right there on the ground, dirty, torn, weathered, clear.  Catching the Bastille metro stop, I bent over to pick up my metro ticket and on the pavement in day-glo orange … the below arrow lay carelessly forgotten.  The writing communicated that should I feel so inclined to learn about free ‘Hammock access’ all I needed to do was visit http://hamac.fr.  Regrettably, this French based website did not tell me how much it would be to order a hammock stateside.

Museum Manuals.  Sometimes those extra reading materials your professor, colleague or friendly Museum Docent recommend looking at – can actually be somewhat enlightening.  When checking out the temporary ‘Ancient Mayan Civilization‘ exhibit at the Musée du Quai Branly – the organizing staff at some point decided to leave out several copies of a review guide for those interested in digging deeper beyond the art display fact card.  The learning journey moved from the cases with jewelry, pottery and statues to a little black, round reading table by a window. However to avoid moving these manuals from exhibit to exhibit within the museum (aka shop lifting), each book at the table was tethered securely with a thick cord.

FUSAC.  I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors… another iPad or some other new tablet is coming out, print publications are dying, everything is shifting to digital, we’re slowly but surely loosing are need for paper media.  Ridiculous.  Case in Point – FUSAC magazine – the English version magazine that alerts expats in Paris about job openings, where the cool underground art galleries will be opening, and what restaurants you absolutley must avoid at all possible costs.  It’s a powerful publication that’s been around since 1988.  Dare I say that it might even be responsible for encouraging a decent percentage of Americans to move abroad and settle home in the City of Lights.

Book Car Carting.  When you ask someone how to make it from point A to B in Paris, they are most likely to say use the Metro, Bus, Train, or Walk.  Cars never come into the conversation when discussing moving amongst media within the city.  Cars might not be the first suggestion for taking care of every day household errands but over in the Arcades, cargo trucks manage to move analog objects like a pallet of books from one destination to the next and require an entire vehicle operation to achieve the end goal.  However the ultimate mobility arises at the journey’s end when a shopkeeper must unpack the car.

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