White Night 2019: a sound forest at the Collège des Bernardins

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 24 September 2019 at 14h13 · Updated on 24 September 2019 at 23h50
For the White Night 2019, the Collège des Bernardins invites Stéfane Perraud for a dreamlike night on Saturday October 5, 2019. With the sound installation, he’ll turn the historic monuments into a forest like in Upper Jura with birds chirping, wind blowing and thunder clapping…

Once again, the Collège des Bernardins takes part in the White Night and we’re simply delighted! This Saturday October 5, 2019 it’s with music we can enjoy the magnificent nave that is 70m long, 14m wide and 6m high, thanks to Stéfane Perraud’s sound work called “Sylvia”.

We must say that the building, from 1248 is based on the architectural model of Cistercian abbeys, and has been a school, a jail and even a station before returning to its main function: a school.

This establishment – current link between the Church and the contemporary society – welcomes the Faculté de théologie de l’Ecole Cathédrale [School of Theology of the Cathedral School] and hosts public events such as debates, exhibitions and concerts in a splendid setting.

For this work, Stéphane Perraud uses sounds from the forêt du Risoux in upper Jura recorded in the Upper Jura Regional Park in partnership with the National Museum of Natural history including birds chirping, deer bellowing, wind blowing in the trees, thunder clapping, a sort of living cartography. But the artist also highlights what would happen if our current behavior doesn’t change with musical scenarios.

This natural symphony – that we already are unable to find in Paris – is available for the night with an immersion raising awareness about ecosystems: according to specialists, 50% of the nature sounds have disappeared in 50 years.

Practical information

Opening Time
On 5 October 2019
From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.



    20 rue de Poissy
    75005 Paris 5


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