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cloe Barrety

London, United Kingdom

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Overview

  • 45 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in French; learning English
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • French Teaching as a Foreign Language
  • sociology/anthropology/linguistics
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

I particularly like:

Ending up in strange situations and most generally any unpredictable event in the course of my life.

Filling my mind with new visuals universes whether it is movies, photographs, expressions on people's faces, urban or natural landscapes and filling my ears with new words, melodies, lyrics and people's stories.

Getting the feeling that people trust me enough to share some moments of their life and their raw emotions without wearing any masks.

Surreal landscapes and their silence.

Hearing a tune that I really like in an unexpected place or bumping into someone I know in the most remote corner of the world.

Being immersed and being part of as many social experiences as possible to learn more about myself and the way people build up relations and create different social worlds in a given situation.

Any form of resistance and desires of change.

Looking up for new words and expressions in English ( which is not my first language)

Starting a new life from scratch in different countries/cities.

Exploring the light and the different aspects it takes through the medium of photography.

High contrast, grainy, blurry black and white photographs shot from odd angles.

Disorientating music.

Furious stroke of pen/ brushwork, and distorted human figures in paintings/drawings.

Cycling in the fog in the city.

Encountering urban foxes late at night.

Befriending cats

Simple things like the smell of the ocean or coffee, winter morning light, hearing the rain falling on plastic, metal, glass surfaces, staring at embers, the sound of stormy weather, my plants growing bigger.

Silence.

I really don't like:

Any discourses that lead to the essentialization and legitimation of hierarchisation and inequalities.

Borders and nationalism.

Feeling that I am forced to smile, forced to laugh, forced to satisfy other people's expectations, forced to stick to absurd conventions and forced to become the person other people expect me to be.

Getting stuck in a routine of life. I constantly have to meet new people and discover new places.

The commercialization and policing of every aspects of our everyday life ( including happiness)

When people turn the tv on to avoid having to talk to each other.

Any kind of abuse of power ( whether it is institutionalized or incorporated in our everyday interactions ). I find it really hard to cope with people who are thrilled by competition and dynamics of dominance.

Tracy Amin and any phony so called "subversive " art

Shopping/Fashion/ Trendy places and junk food

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I discovered Couchsurfing on a train to Pragues. Since then I have met and shared time with great people from all around the world, invited them to come and stay at my place, showing them around, learning them some French, exchanging ideas and traveling tips.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have surfed in many different places in Europe, in Turkey, in Ghana, in Brazil, in Mexico and in the United States.

Interests

Discovering alternative ways of life
Volunteering ( I did a lot of volunteer work with asylum seekers, homeless people, kids with special needs)
Photography
Hitchhiking-Hiking
Cycling
Cinema and Documentaries
Discovering new teas
Learning from people of different cultures
Critical theories
Fictions
Thinkers who question and deconstruct social norms
Anthropology and Sociology
Social issues in urban development
Discovering new tunes and new artists on stage
Animal social behavior
Protest movements and activism
Developing a black and white print
Social centres, autonomous spaces and squats ( when people actually make something constructive of it)
Desert landscapes and their silence
Strong friendships
Going to modern/contemporary art museums
Cats
Wondering the streets and starting conversation with random people.
Unpredictable events or encounters

Music, Movies & Books

I am passionate about cinema

Directors I like
Haneke, Gus Van Sant , Jarmush, Lynch, Bergman, Fritz Lang, Hitchcock, Polanski, Kubrick, Antonioni,Tarkovski, Orson Welles, Wong Kar Wai, Fassbinber, Kurosawa, Herzog, Claire Denis, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Mike Leigh, Lance Hammer, Rachid Bouchareb, Yilmaz Arslan, Siddiq Barmak, Cristian Mungiu, Fatih Akin, Duane Hopkins, Jacques Audiart, Alan Clarke, Bela Tarr, les freres Dardenne

Writers that I like

Naomi Klein, Ahmadou Kourouma, George Orwell, Judith Butler, Patrick Chamoiseau, Sartre,Camus, Mike Davis,Kafka,Michel Foucault, Bourdieu, E.Goffman, Howard Zinn, Spivak, Debord, Deleuze,Kristeva, ....

Music:

I love exploring different musical worlds and discovering their cultural codes. I like all kind of things as long as it well done, not cheezy and not commercial. I am keen on rocksteady, reggae, blues, soul, jazz, punk, conscious hip hop, classical music, rock, electronic music, jungle, experimental noise, mash up, breakcore, trip hop...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Well I think you have to get to know people before revealing these very special moments of your life

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach
French
Photography

What I Can Share With Hosts

I am very sorry but sadly I don't have any living room in my flat and my room is the size of a cupboard so I can't host any couchsurfers at the moment.

But I would love to share some time with couchsurfers and show them around London.

Countries I've Visited

Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

France, Germany, United Kingdom

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