Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
Paul Di Filippo

Museums and art

There are very few museums devoted solely to the fantastical. But one such is the Maison d'Ailleurs, in Switzerland.

I've never had the pleasure of visiting it, but I have met its brilliantly creative Director, Patrick Gyger, and trust that the establishment reflects his virtues. Here's a sample of the kind of things that go on there, from the museum's latest newsletter:

Dear friends,

Maison d'Ailleurs invites you, on Monday 16th July 2007, to an evening of extraordinary journeys.

We start with a tour of the "Entropia" exhibition at the museum from 7 pm to 930 pm. Free entry and free drinks!

The exhibition ( follows the life and works of Christian Scheurer, a Swiss artist who has worked on films such as The Fifth Element, Dark City or The Animatrix. His most recent and personal project is the surreal and poetical world of Entropia, inhabited by Queen Pingo, the Marquis de Salade, and the Secret Guild of Croissant Bakers...

At 945 pm, the amazing Japanese animated film "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986, French version) will be shown at the Open Air cinema (in Yvedon-les-Bains, by the lake). 25 free tickets for the film will be available to visitors of the museum on that night from 7 pm.

I hope to see you at this event, and wish you a great Summer.

Add these folks to your dream vacation, I say.

But if you can't move from your desk, why not visit the revamped website of that wild-eyed artist Chris Mars?

Chris tells us:

The new Chris Mars website is live and awaits you. Features include
original soundtrack, larger images, and Chris's three original animated
films "Bard's Moment", "The Severed Stream" and the recently completed
"Second Hand Loppo". Brand new paintings have been posted, too.

A note on viewing films: Files are higher resolution than standard, and
load times vary depending on traffic and equipment. So please be patient
with the video load (especially regarding "The Severed Stream", posted in
its thirteen minute entirety). If you have difficulty immediately please
try again later. A "Q" on screen means the film is loading. Subsequent
load times will be faster than your initial one. Enjoy, and thank you for
your patience!

Paul DiFi, over and out!
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