The 2012 Bastille Day Festival organized by France Education Northwest contributed to the Seattle Center’s celebration of The Next Fifty with a retrospective of the French Pavilion at the 1962 World’s Fair.
The French Government’s extensive pavilion, covering 15,000 square feet, was entitled “The toys of the Modern World”. The “toys” were illustrations of modern man’s technological advances that changed his everyday living environment, such as the telephone, automobile, television, airplane and future inventions. The French exhibit not only aimed at displaying France’s impressive scientific accomplishments, it also sought to define the social and psychological problems posed by modern times’ technological sophistication. The French exhibit was extremely provocative in questioning the threat of losing individuality and sensitivity in a world of mass communication and information. Solutions were proposed in order to ensure the fulfillment of modern man’s individual aspirations, such as a reaffirmed devotion to the arts and a bigger control over human environment.
Seattle & Paris 1962 to 2012: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose ?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or do they? This year, the Seattle Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In association with local French partners, France Education Northwest will take part in this celebration during the Bastille Day Festival with its involvement in the Seattle Center’s The Next Fifty. This project is a multimedia comparison of Seattle and Paris between 1962 and 2012. Enlisting the help and resources of a variety of Seattle institutions, including the Museum of History and Industry, the University of Washington, the Seattle Times, as well as schools and individuals, participants will dive deeper to attempt to answer the question: Are Seattle and Paris more alike today than in the past?
The major themes to explore include:
Cuisine – Fashion – Architecture
Goods – Exports/Imports – Politics
Major News – Cinema – Top 40 Music
How to participate:
After an in-class or online exploration of the cultural, historical and/or political environments in France and the United States in the early 1960s, participants of all ages are encouraged to express their creativity by coming up with original ways to compare France and the United States and show how these two nations differ or are more similar now as opposed to 50 years ago.
Submissions may include, but are not limited to: drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, stories, poetry, film clips, music and slides, as well as any other creative mediums that the students may produce. Please include a title and, if necessary, a description with each submission. Print submissions will be displayed at the Bastille Day Festival on July 14, 2012. Audio and video submissions will be posted on the Bastille Day website: http://seattle-bastille.org/.
Please fill the Participation Release Form that must be included with each submission.
Please submit your projects with the following guidelines:
- Print submissions: essay, photograph, collage, painting, drawing, etc.
Size: 8.5”x11” up to 11”x17”
- Audio submissions: music, interviews, discussions, etc.
- Video submissions: video clips, slides, etc.
You can find here a collage example.
Submissions will be accepted until July 1, 2012. All materials, including participation releases, can be either dropped off in person or mailed to:
France Education Northwest
2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 490
Seattle, WA 98121
For more information or questions: