White Night – Nuit Blanche 2021 at the CNES Space Observatory

Published by Laurent P., Cécile D. · Updated on 27 September 2021 at 15h54 · Published on 27 September 2021 at 11h22
The White Night 2021 is on Saturday October 2. On the occasion, the CNES Space Observatory presents the “untranquility of archives”, a cinematographic event focusing on two artist movies themed on non-humans in space.

For the White Night 2021, the CNES Space Observatory invites you all on an exclusive movie session. On October 2, 2021, from 1 p.m. and until one in the morning, discover work conducted by Justine Emard and Eléonore Geissler, who both carried out a documentary investigation in the CNES audiovisual archives to make these videos.

Therefore, Justine Emard presents In praesentia, a video work devoted to the “interaction modalities between the different non-human entities found in Space”. The artist uses a formal language on archive pictures to “characterize the life of these non-humans, all the way to imagining a meeting protocol”.

As for the Présence Circulaires, created by Eléonore Geissler, the video is like a “telling of her visual investigation of the Starlette geodesy satellite”. A “surprising dance of phantasmagoric apparitions, animated, singing and dancing” creating then “a visual palimpsest that should be understood as the many attempts to represent non-humans”.

After playing both videos for the White Night 2021, the movies will be added to the contemporary art collection of the CNES Space Observatory kept at the Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse.

Because of the health conditions, movie sessions are only open to health pass. Two sessions per hour are scheduled. Facemask-wearing is mandatory.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 2 October 2021 to 3 October 2021



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