Cultural events

The library at night
Virtual reality immersion into mythic libraries


from May 16, 2017 to August 13, 2017 François-Mitterrand / Gallery 2

In 2015, as part of the festivities surrounding the Grand Bibliothèque’s 10th anniversary, Robert Lepage and his production company, Ex Machina, have created, based on an original idea by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), an exhibition inspired by Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night. “Like memory, a library works differently at night. By day, each book seems to offer itself to the gaze equitably and democratically […].But at night, certain books disappear while others assert themselves in the halo of your light”, writes Alberto Manguel. At night, the library becomes a dream machine. This exhibition is an invitation to take a dreamlike journey from Sarajevo to Mexico and from Alexandria to the bottom of the sea on board the Nautilus by means of virtual reality. Multifaceted, The Library at Night offers visitors a museum-like, design-based and virtual immersion experience and a personalized scenography with 10 libraries, real or imagined. The second room, the forest, is the heart of the scenographic experience. Wandering through this wooded landscape, the visitor encounters a space that contrasts with the order and rigour that characterize libraries. There the visitor will find stations where, by means of glasses using a 360° immersion technology, he will be transported to a virtual reality. The experience starts with an exhibition dedicated to the imaginary world of libraries and mainly presenting a number of documents from the BnF collections.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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