This program features the Paris Urban eXperiment whose members secretly work to preserve famous landmarks.
There is at least as much underneath Paris as there is above it. The secretive members of the Paris Urban eXperiment, known internally as "The UX", have spent the last 30 years surreptitiously probing into this world - and improving it. 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. It was just one of at least 15 such restorations done without permission.
In a first-time-ever public presentation, the UX spokesman, who goes under the name Lazar Kunstmann, along with author Jon Lackman fromWired, will present some of the theory and work of the Urban eXperiment. Lackman chronicled much of their work in the February print edition ofWired---which is co-sponsoring this event.
Lazar Kunstmann is part of The Untergunther, a clandestine group with a mission to restore the neglected heritage in Paris.
Jon Lackman writes on politics, science, and the arts for Harper's, The New Yorker, Slate, and has covered the activities of the Untergunther for Wired.