White Night – Nuit Blanche 2021 at the National Archives

Published by Laurent P. · Photos by Laurent P. · Updated on 30 September 2021 at 11h12 · Published on 29 September 2021 at 11h59
Taking part in the White Night 2021 on Saturday October 2, the National Archives open the doors of the Hôtel de Soubise for several installations and performances.

As part of the 20th edition of the White Night, the Archives nationales welcomes you at the Hôtel de Soubise for several entertainments held from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. And on the menu, two highlights:

  • Strata.2, installation/performanceSaturday October 2, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The inspiration for this performance by Maria Donata d’Urso comes from a piece of work by American artist Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower, who has created “many small scaled tensegrity sculptures” as well as “huge installations in the urban context and natural sites”. Maria Donata d’Urso favors an installation “down the wire”, the image of void, the interval between and uniting elements to “feed her choreographic investigation and grasp the vibration of space”.

  • Silva Improbabilis, video installationsSaturday October 2, from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

This video installation aims at “raising awareness about the preservation of nature”. Lasting about four minutes, it includes “three video elements”: a series of visuals representing anthropomorph trees from the Impossible Forest project, a close-up on New-Zealand pianist Jonathan Crayford’s hands performing an original piece, and a game of “inverted” musical chairs where chairs left empty are subject to special effects, progressively turning into trees. Participative, it invites the audience to increase the installation with their own photographs and videos from the Impossible Forest collection and human-shaped trees from forty countries. You can also discover them at www.impossibleforest.com.

In all, this is a wonderful initiative to entertain this private mansion built in 1371 in the heart of the Marais: this façade is made of a central forepart with double overlapping columns including three rows every 3.50 meters, on two levels, and topped with a triangular pediment. Since then, the Hôtel de Soubise has been purchased by the State in 1867 by Imperial Decree and officially assigned for the Empire’s Archives: Napoleon I has gathered all archives that were so far kept in several storehouses in Paris.

Enjoy the tour, friends!

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



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