LA MIROITERIE

A tiny sliver of space between two unassuming buildings in the Menilmontant neighborhood.

La Miroiterie offers us the chance to see a civic friche site in its nascent stage, and helps us imagine the interim life of many of our sites prior to their government-sponsored renewal.

A tiny sliver of space between two unassuming buildings in the Menilmontant neighborhood opens on to a collection of small rooms and a courtyard in the back. A diverse group of artists have reappropriated this abandoned site for their use, producing an odd juxtaposition of performance spaces.

On the night of our visit, a small room near the entry offered folk music and dance. A parachute draped over the courtyard modulated the midsummer light just enough to make visible the work of a projection artist, shown on the wall of the adjacent building. The main event, a line-up of electronic “noise” artists, took place in the primary performance space – a small, colorful space with its walls covered by graffiti and vintage electronic music equipment.

– Steven Christensen

 

This squat, hidden behind a tall gate in an alleyway on a busy street, provided an eclectic style of music that was appealing only to those with a unique music taste. To the rest of us, it is more easy to describe this music as a unique “noise”. I liked how after proceeding down the thin, long alleyway and past an outdoor lounge area I was able to access the music hall through a stickers-graffitied door. Once inside I stood and listened to the band on the stage that was illuminated by a single bright white light. The atmosphere was so chill and welcoming that even though I was not a normal attender of the place, I could not help but to nod my head along to the music with the rest of the crowd. After the “noise” was over everyone congregated in the outdoor lounge to watch some projections on the neighboring wall before filing through the tall gate that welcomed you back to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Paris.

– Brittany Roy