Sleepless night in Paris [fr]
The 15th edition of the Nuit Blanche festival took place on the night of October 1st to 2nd 2016. From 7PM to 7AM, Paris was the centre of ephemeral performances. On the streets of Paris, curious and passionate revelers toured works of art, attended conferences and met with artists.
Organized every first Saturday of October, Nuit Blanche or White Night is a free artistic event open to the general public. It showcases a multitude of works displayed in open air public spaces. New emerging and proven talents are invited to exhibit their creation to the passersby. Cultural institutions such as Quai Branly museum, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal or le Petit Palais also took part in this festival.
“The crossing” was the theme chosen by the festival’s artistic director Jean de Loisy. Hence, from the old charms of the Île de la Cité to the ecstasy of the modern Bercy quarters visitors crossed space and time thanks to the formidable machine called art. This is how a dark and mysterious forest was planted at the Hôtel de Ville square, an area located far away from French countryside, by the artist Stéphane Thidet who used tones of wood floating on a frozen lake. Alain Fleischer revisited the classical novel “Gone with the Wind” taking onlookers through the 19th century where the plot is set. He brought back to life the heroine by projecting her image on the Bir-Hakeim Bridge and, through reflection, she took an imperturbable gaze at the passersby.
On top of the visual discovery was added the sound experience. Under the Arts bridge, the British artist Oliver Beer mixed multitudes of the sounds from the banks of Quais de Seine
Love, a timeless subject so dear to our hearts, was also celebrated on this 15th edition. A workshop on “broken hearts” was organized and heart fragments were distributed to participants who were able to patch their sorrows during a “heart mending workshop”.
The success of this event which receives several millions of visitors every year has already inspired more than 25 other cities across the world, including Brussels, Kyoto, Melbourne and La Paz, to organize their own version of Nuit Blanche.