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Making Sense 4: Building An ‘esSense’ Across Cultures

December 2012 saw the fourth international colloquium organised by Making Sense, a movement dedicated to changing the world for the better through engagement with art, both as artist and spectator. Our Editor-at-large is here to give you the lowdown.

Paris, Je t’aime

In celebration of the release of Leos Carax’s latest film, the fantasy flick Holy Motors, on DVD, and the fact that the two of us Cats have lived in Paris, we decided to share our love of the city with a couple of lovely illustrations.

Holy Motors (2012)

My film of the year.

De Rouille et d’Os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

We walked out of the cinema wanting to watch it again.

Bernard Charoy: Les Pin Up Des Sixties

If you’re in Cannes and on the hunt for a good art exhibition, stop by the Geneviève Marty Gallery.

Guy Maddin at the Centre Pompidou

Sometimes in the life of a Fohnhouse Cat, we stumble upon the most unlikely things. We had gone to the Centre Pompidou in Paris to listen to a paper by Erik Bullot on ventriloquism and film as part of the Centre’s Nouveau Festival, only to discover that another part of the festival involved quirky Canadian director Guy Maddin making 17 short films in 17 days, right in the heart of the Centre.

In Perceptions

Forget about monsters in Paris, this week it’s all about a Wandercat and a very tall Bâtiment!

Présumé Coupable (Guilty) (2011)

Guilty unless proven innocent

The Artist (2011)

Silent and golden

Old Marks and Burn Marks: The 51 Homes of Cadine Navarro

Last weekend, Martin was invited to an open studio by artist Cadine Navarro. Not having done this before, he wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Fortunately this was not a formal affair, but rather an intimate and friendly occasion. He was warmly invited into the studio, situated in a magnificent old distillery in the suburbs of Paris.