The Library at Night

Join the student library club! TLE’s student group recently visited the library for the following event:ban_bibliotheque_nuit_en

The Library at Night is a virtual exploration of 10 of the world’s most fascinating libraries. It was designed by the Ex Machina production company and its artistic director, multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, based on an original idea by BAnQ.

Inspired by the essay of the same name by writer Alberto Manguel, the project’s co-creator, the exhibition explores the philosophical, architectural and social foundations on which all libraries rest.

Upon entering the exhibition, visitors step into a recreation of Manguel’s own library. They then move to an immersive forest landscape that provides a sharp contrast to the rigorous order usually associated with temples of knowledge. If, as Manguel writes, “the library in the morning suggests an echo of the severe and reasonably wishful order of the world, the library at night seems to rejoice in the world’s essential, joyful muddle.”

Visitors then don headsets using 360° video immersion technology* that take them from Sarajevo’s National and University Library, magically risen from the ashes, to Mexico City’s Megabibliotheca, the stunning digital-age Biblioteca Vasconcelos, and from the legendary city of Alexandria to the bottom of the sea aboard Captain’s Nemo Nautilus. There are a total of 10 famous places, both real and imaginary, to be visited on a one-of-a-kind journey for which BAnQ is your guide.

Students enjoyed the event with volunteer Mona Arsenault Saturday, April 2, 2016.

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