A vision of 2000, drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists to be used on cigar boxes and postcards, for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. It’s actually kind of sad how little of this we have. Who wouldn’t want to travel by whale?
'Although he is oftentimes confused, his lack of self-awareness makes it possible to take everything in stride. As a result he is befuddled at worst, yet his unmuddled thinking—as well as his characteristic way of regarding only what is happening right then and there, similar to a child—is ultimately what gets him through his obstructions. That and chance, which, even in the most ultra-modern of cities, can still find its way around.'
‘Inside a Pearl is written with the peaceful retrospect of someone who has learned things from his past. He writes with a wisdom perhaps he doesn’t even know he possesses, since wisdom sometimes feels different, incalculable, when it comes directly from experience.’ Read more on Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl
Third picture: PlayTime’s settings/scaffolding inspired the Mondrian-like sculpture made of forged metal. (see also: the wonderful PlayTime poster)
'Back in Tativille, the filmmaker chose to shave a bit of the film’s budget, due to the expensive set, by creating life-size cardboard cutouts of people to stand in the background of his shots. It was a budgetary decision primarily, but it also kept in theme with the film: everyone will be paying attention to the gadgets, and no one will be paying attention to the people.'