Jarvis Cocker Residency at Galerie Chappe in Paris, May 5-10, 2009

by Landry on May 6, 2009

Ah, Jarvis Cocker. What a brilliant and witty kook.

If you are in Paris anytime from now through Sunday, May 10th, make sure to stop by Galerie Chappe [4 Rue Andre Barsacq, 75018 (+33 1 42 62 42 12 www.galeriechappe.fr)] from 12 noon til 6/7pm each day (maybe later some nights), where Jarvis Cocker and his band will be performing a residency as distinctive as the rocker himself.

The idea sprang from Jarvis’ contemplations (in his own words):

“WHAT IS MUSIC?

…Does this mean that music can now go back to being an art form again? & If so, is it the first art form to begin adapting itself to the post-capitalist society we now find ourselves living in?

What happens if you get a band to rehearse in an art gallery instead of a rehearsal space? What if you invite members of the public to play with the band? Or invite them to submit song titles which the band then have to base an improvisation upon? Could a live band provide the accompaniment to an aerobics class? What happens if you play music from 12 noon til 7pm, 7 days a week? &What if you invite the kids from the local school to come round on their Wednesday off?”

Here’s a priceless video in answer to that last question which definitely sums up why we love the guy:

Go to Jarvis Cocker’s website, where you’ll find a bunch of UStream video footage of the events as they unfold. Each day will be archived & re-broadcast for the convenience of those living in different time-zones.

Also check out RockerParis for a day-by-day accounting (in English) of the Jarvis Cocker Interactive Exhibition from an attendee’s perspective.

To get an idea of the goings-on, click here to see the Timetable of Events….

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