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SquareRoot of Love: Valentine’s Day in Paris

February 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - February 14, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

SquareRoot of Love in Paris: A John Sims Project

SARASOTA – Multi-media Artist John Sims, native from Detroit, is coming to Paris to present his Square Root of Love, a wine-poetry-film project, for Valentine’s Day weekend with a series of interdisciplinary events. This artist is no stranger to mixing things up. Some of his projects include hanging the Confederate flag from a noose in Gettysburg in 2004, making 13 mathematical art quilts with Amish quilters in 2013, and most recently organizing a performance of a mock wedding of Confederate and Union soliders at City Hall, San Francisco.

For the Paris event, the main element will be the introduction of a special wine project produced in collaboration with Château La Grâce Fonrazade of St. Emilion ( Bordeaux region). The wine bottle features John Sims’ signature SquareRoot of Love image on the front label, which begs the question: what is the square root or simply the root of love? On the back label is the artist’s original poem of the same name. There is also a QR code that links the reader to a short animation film based on the poem, which was featured at Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival for Animation Shorts in 2013.

To engage the themes of the Valentine’s holiday and beyond, the artist with his wine in town will be hosting multiple wine tastings at L’Etiquette Wine Shop, screening SquareRoot of Love Film at Culture Rapide leading up to the Valentine’s Day in Paris: Love, Poetry and Wine event at the Berkeley Books in Paris. The artist has invited poets in Paris to come out and share their words and wisdom on Love in this time of great tension and political uncertainty. The artist has also arranged for some of these presented poems to be published in The Rumpus, a smart and hip online American literary platform.

The following is a list of the John Sims events occurring while he is Paris:

1. A John Sims Talk featuring his most recent video poems will be held at Berkeley Books of Paris bookstore at 7.30 PM on Friday, February 10th, at 8 Rue Casimir Delavigne,

2. MathArt/Wine Happening featuring John Sims and Gilles Baroin at L’Etiquette wine shop at 6PM on Saturday, February 11th, at 10 Rue Jean du Bellay,

3. The SquareRoot of Love Wine will be featured at a tasting hosted at L’Etiquette Wine Shop on Monday and Tuesday, February 13th/14th at 3 PM, at 10 Rue du Bellay

4. The Square Root of Love Film, a collection of 7 short animations about love and romance in the cyber age will be shown at Culture Rapide at 8 PM on Monday, February 13th, at 103 Rue Julien Lacroix, )

5. Valentine’s Day in Paris: Love, Poetry and Wine will invite poets in Paris to come out and share their work about love and This event will be at the Berkeley Books of Paris Bookstore, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 14th, at 8 Rue Casimir Delavigne

For more info on these events, please visit #squarerootofloveparis or follow @johnsimsproject

About the Artist:
John Sims, a Detroit native, is a multi-media conceptual artist, creating projects spanning the areas of mathematics, art, text, performance and media activism. His main projects are informed by the vocabulary of mathematical structure, the politics of sacred symbols and poetry as ally to the visual arts. He has lectured and exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in Art in America, Sculpture, Transition, FiberArts, Guernica, Science News, CNN, NBCNews, New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the science journal Nature.


February 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
February 14, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


Berkeley Books of Paris
8, rue Casimir Delavigne
Paris, 75006 France
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