Vincennes Zoo, Colonial Exhibition
The Colonial Exhibition in the early arts summarizes the three main goals of world exhibitions. According to anthropologist, they tried to deliver a "encyclopedic discourse"(Over the life of the colonized, their cultural specificities), exposing masterpieces to legitimize colonization and the wealth that it results in, and especially to create an "illusion of travel", for visitors. However, there are also these three ideas in building the Vincennes Zoo. Zoo de Vincennes in 1931 becomes a place of intense visits, where France is jostling to have a first contact with the "strange and the bizarre". Wild animals exposed in the zoo, supposed to reflect the diversity and richness of the Empire, are often the first contact with the colonies for many people.
So it's all a fantasy that forms among the crowds who beat the pavement every day. Indeed, the creators of the Vincennes Zoo, have all been involved in the establishment of the colonial exhibition in 1931 so they meet the same goals and the same vision of otherness, the Empire colonial. In the same time, Orientalism is also needed. European and Occident usually appropriated indeed what it considers to b Water Oriental art and manufactures a totally distorted picture and imagined Asia. It is ultimately the same process will apply to the Zoo de Vincennes and during the colonial exhibition: It recreates a universe by focusing on elements that match arent over our imagined vision of the landscape..Zoos, museums, exhibitions at the time had indeed intended to present anything out of the ordinary national. The Estoile Benedict considers that all zoos and museums in general are the heirs of a certain vision of the world and the" expression of imagination".
[...] Vincennes Zoo: Case study The Vincennes Zoo " the expression of an imaginary "Colonial and western The Estoile Benedict in his book The taste of others. The Colonial Exhibition in the early arts summarizes the three main goals of world exhibitions. According to anthropologist, they tried to deliver a " encyclopedic discourse "(Over the life of the colonized, their cultural specificities), exposing masterpieces to legitimize colonization and the wealth that it results in, and especially to create illusion of travel "For visitors. [...]
[...] The Vincennes zoo also boasts present Parisians extremely rare species not found in other zoos in the world, as koupreys, sea elephants and giant panda. This constantly increases following the transformation of French society, who lives her first paid leave. It is the victory of the Popular Front in the legislative elections of 1936, and a national strike for nearly 2 million workers, which allow the signing of the Matignon Accords and the creation of paid leave. Initially restricted to two weeks a year, they will gradually expand to reach 5 weeks in 1982. [...]
[...] The scientific character of the park fully justifies the involvement of public authorities, while its economic aspect leisure park calls for private management. All this ultimately raises the question of the definition of public service - question at the heart of the news in these times of search for efficiency and budgetary rigor. [...]
[...] A zoo that meets the new requirements of society The zoo reopened in April after 6 years of work. Abandoned by the Parisians in the years before its restoration, he suffered much criticism : Too old, not enough animal-friendly, too “artificial " . Now, he again draws curious crowds in search of the exotic and greenery. The zoo responded to repeated criticisms of animal advocates and environmentalists through a calibrated communication and structural changes. The zoo boasts well better respect for animals and improved conditions of captivity. [...]
[...] The ideology behind the project can then be diverted depending on the involvement and influence of each stakeholder. It's also a way to raise awareness of the role of government in such projects, with a gradual withdrawal culminating here is the public-private partnership set up to finance the renovation of the park. This is justified by the ambiguous status of the park. Even though it is currently attached to the Natural History Museum (which is a public scientific character, Culture, and Business), the zoo remains a leisure area. [...]
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