City of Light, City of Darkness – Panel on the Paris Underground

As part of Flux Factory’s “Going Places (Doing Stuff) III,” urban explorers Moses Gates and Steve Duncan will present adventures from far-off Paris.

Though it’s known as the “City of Light,” there are 170 miles of absolute darkness that exist under the city– a network of limestone quarries dotted with WWII bunkers, ossuaries, unofficial art galleries, and other assorted surprises colloquially known as “The Catacombs.” It is home to a subculture of people of all ages, interests, and nationalities who make a hobby of exploring and utilizing these and other hidden spaces throughout Paris – the “Cataphiles.”

Moses Gates and Steve Duncan will be covering the history, culture, and structures of this underground world in a slideshow presentation, as well as explaining how you, too, can become a Cataphile.

Thursday, July 15th at 8:00pm
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Free and open to all