The Library at Night

Exposition

This year’s summer exhibition at the Bibliothèque Humaniste will be The Library at Night, exploring some of the world’s greatest libraries in virtual reality.

Already presented at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, this show makes deft use of virtual reality technology to stimulate the imagination, immersing visitors in an all-encompassing virtual, narrative and educational experience.

Equipped with a VR headset, visitors are invited to embark upon a journey through time and space and discover ten exceptional libraries, both real and imaginary: the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and even the library of the Nautilus, from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.

The Library at Night was designed and engineered by Robert Lepage and the Ex Machina project, based on an original idea which originated in the library of Quebec’s National Archives, inspired by the book of the same name by Alberto Manguel.

This year’s summer exhibition at the Bibliothèque Humaniste is entitled The Library at Night, and explores some of the world’s greatest libraries in virtual reality. In the book of the same name, the Argentine-Canadian author examines the philosophical, logical, architectural and social dimensions which underpin the existence of all libraries. Alberto Manguel knows the Bibliothèque Humaniste well, having lived in Sélestat for a spell in the 1990s while writing A History of Reading.

This exhibition is a voyage through time and space, around the world in ten legendary libraries. It is also an immersive, sensory adventure designed to stimulate visitors’ intellect and memory. A unique experience, at the Bibliothèque Humaniste from 15 June!

From 15 june to 15 september 2019

Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 12:30 / 13:30 - 18:00

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