— Extract from the article of Jon Lackman for the NY New Museum in 2013 —
The Urban eXperiment (or UX)
In the early 1980s in Paris, a small group of middle-school students in the Latin Quarter conducted UX's first experiment, more or less by accident, by letting themselves be locked inside the Pantheon after hours.
This excursion into unauthorized territory opened their eyes to the possibility of a sort of reconquest of the city's neglected areas.
Certain favorable geographic and historical factors led this experience to become the first in a series of consecutive experiments that took on the name Urban eXperiment and continues to this day.
UX's numbers grew quickly, and subgroups appeared, centered on the various possible positive uses of the urban fabric…