Wednesday, September 28, 2011

La Nuit Blanche 2011

Good news for this 10th edition of the Nuit Blanche event - the current prediction is for a warm and dry weekend. Although many of the installations are inside, very often you'll need to queue outside for long periods, so it's always better if it's not raining!

The event is divided across four zones, loosely linked to the lines 12 and 14 of the Metro (both of which will therefore be running all night). Below you'll find more information on these zones (the limits of which are not always very clear) as well as some of the highlights in each.

For full information, see the official website:

Hotel de Ville
(M° Hotel de Ville/Saint Paul/Rambuteau)

Purple Rain

Artist Pierre Ardouvin has taken inspiration from the Prince song and film to create a surprising installation in the courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret. Whilst listening to snippets of the song, you can walk around the set under a fine sprinkling of purple water carrying a purple umbrella!

Batignolles - Pigalle

(M° Rome/Brochant/La Fourche/Place de Clichy/Blanche)

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata was sent by morse code from earth, reflected from the surface of the moon, and then received back on earth. Afterwards, Katie Paterson took the result, including notes that had been lost in craters or deep shadows, and retranslated it into a new score. The result will be played on a mechanical piano at the Theatre Ouvert.

The Grande Finale
Spanish artist Karmelo Bermejo's installation - an video of a fireworks display financed by a bank and centring on the word 'recession' - may be amusing, but what is really interesting here is the opportunity it offers to discover the Lycée Chaptal.

La Nouvelle Athènes - Saint Georges
(M° Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves/Saint-Georges/Pigalle/Anvers)

Dance (All Night/Paris)
In another lycée, this time the lycée Edgar Quinet, Mélanie Manchot will set up a silent disco. Professional and amateur dancers, all equipped with headphones, will dance to a variety of different musical styles, with the results broadcast live on giant screens.

Black Cloud
A theme is possibly developing here - in yet another school, Carlos Amorales will fix 30,000 paper butterflies around the walls. What could be beautiful becomes slightly menacing, as all 30,000 are made from the same black paper.

Montmartre - Anvers
(M° Pigalle/Abbesses/Anvers)

France Dubois will reinvent the funiculaire that leads up to the Sacre Coeur, dressing it up in red lights that will beat like a heart. Expect queues at the top and bottom!

I will keep a light burning
If you do manage to make it to the bottom, take a trip to the Square Louise Michel where you'll find a glimpse of the future. Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil will present the night sky of October 1st 2111 in 500 candles!

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