Marseille

Unframed – JR in Marseille

French artist JR’s tells the story of the Belle de Mai’s creative neighborhood in giant pictures. For this project JR asked local residents to open up their family photo albums: blown-up and re-cropped versions of these photographs – old and new – were pasted up on the walls of the entire …

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Books, films, music, art and big ideas to get you into the Marseille headspace...

Paris VS Marseille

We love Marseille for many things, including standing up to Paris and offering its own, idiosyncratic universe. To illustrate the ongoing tussle for France domination between the two cities, which culminates with the intense PSG-OM football clashes – we love the latest series of illustrations designed by the chaps at …

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In Marseille, even to lose you have to know how to fight. Jean-Claude Izzo

Je Danse le Mia

‘Le Mia’ is slang to describe the typical show-off guy from Marseille (a sort of pre-cursor to ‘bling’) and a useful concept to know if you are planning to visit the city. Je Danse le Mia remains the most popular success of local band IAM – the fathers of French …

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Le Corbusier by Lucien Herve

“In 1949 the photographer Lucien Hervé took photographs of Unité d’Habitation, an innovative apartment building in Marseille. He sent them to the building’s architect, Le Corbusier, who immediately realised that after forty years of searching he had finally found a photographer with an ‘architect’s soul’.” – Thames & Hudson

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Made in Marseille

Grass roots fashion design from Marseille…We love the dreamy, poetic, eclectic world of Marseille-based fashion label Sessùn, which was founded 15 years ago by Emma Francois, a former anthropology student with a passion for travel (at least two things we have in common). Her collections are often feminine and cute …

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Marseille’s Skate Park

Marseille’s legendary beachside Skatepark is the meeting point for all kind of yoofs on wheels – but that doesn’t usually include Vespa riders! Check out local character Boulon’s unexpected ride shot by videographer JC Pieri. (Now we know where Marseille’s scooter riders get their techniques.) …

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TransHumance

A massive flock of sheep – and horses – running through the streets Marseille? That was the spectacular grand final of the TransHumance project – one of the many kooky happenings that took place during MP2013. A whimsical project: a  long procession of animals crossed the Provence region on their …

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Sauve ton Pote

You want to save your mate who is in danger? Marseille’s emergency medical services  have put together a First aid instruction video… in rap…in collaboration with local rapper Jean-Marie of CF Clan NORD… Surreal result, but kinda useful if you are planning to live dangerously while in town …

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Total Chaos

‘Total Chaos” – what a great tag-line for Marseille! – is the first installment of Jean-Clause Izzo’s Mediterranean thriller trilogy. Featuring disillusioned cop Fabio Montale, it’s a perfect introduction to the complexities of Marseille: crime and beauty, racism and fraternity, despair and sensuality, tragedy and humor. In Total Chaos Fabio …

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Vies d’artistes

Here’s trouble.  French + Argentinian + raised in Marseille = an explosive cocktail! Meet Keny Arkana, one of the most popular female rappers in the country. She’s Anti-globalization, Anti-OGM, Anti-pollution and a big advocate of Civil Disobedience. What’s not to like???  In contrast with her ‘bling bling’ American counterparts, Keny’s …

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Zaha Hadid tower

It is probably not Zaha Hadid’s finest work, but the 147 m high CMA-CGM tower has become a bold fixture in Marseille’s otherwise low-fi skyline. The tower is a bit of an eyesore (coming from great fans of Zaha Hadid’s work) but best enjoyed at sunset when the sun reflects …

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Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait

Who else than local football great Zinedine Zidane to embody Marseille’s unique spirit: its multicultural heritage, pure class, genial flair with a dash of indiscipline? This feature documentary by video artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno should appeal beyond the football fanatics. The premise is simple: 17 HD cameras film …

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