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Underground Art - Literally

Episode 5 of 5

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 23 November 2012

Kirsty Lang and Lucy Ash investigate an underground arts collective which operates in the vast network of tunnels which lie beneath Paris.The obsessively secretive members of the Paris Urban eXperiment, known internally as "The UX", have spent the last 30 years surreptitiously staging arts events and restoring and preserving parts of their heritage which they feel the French establishment has neglected. A few years ago these underground hackers and artists became infamous when one morning the clock at the Panthéon, that had not worked in years, began chiming thanks to their efforts. Kirsty and Lucy clamber down a series of rickety mental ladders and damp tunnels to find out why some people prefer the Paris far below street level in the company of Tristan and Alex and they speak to founder members Lazar Kunstmann and Jean Baptiste Viot.
Since broadcasting the programme, Mr. Kunstmann has strongly denied that Tristan and Alex belong to UX, stressing the serious purposes behind the group.

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