Slideshow The Library at Night
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  • The Library at Night was designed and produced by Ex Machina to celebrate the Grande Bibliothèque’s 10th anniversary, based on an original idea by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
  • Director
    Robert Lepage
  • Co designer and creative director
    Steve Blanchet
  • Author, co designer and narrator
    Alberto Manguel
  • Set designer
    Marie-Renée Bourget Harvey
    assisted by
    Marie McNicoll
  • Sound Design
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Lighting Design
  • Visual effects
  • VFX Supervisor
    Nicolas-Denis Robitaille
  • Head of Compositing - 2D Compositing Supervisor
    Nathalie Girard
  • Lead 3D artist
    Éric Maltais
  • Matte painter
    Richard Bergeron
  • Director of photography
    Sébastien Gros
  • Production directors
    Julie Marie Bourgeois and Catherine Comeau
    assisted by
    Valérie Lambert
  • Technical directors
    Michel Gosselin and Pauline Schwab
  • assisted by
    Dominique Hawry
  • Technical consultants
    David Leclerc, Catherine Guay, Patrick Durnin and Stanislas Elie
  • Technical engineery and assembly
    Jean-Félix Labrie
  • Production coordinator / Ex Machina
    Vanessa Landry-Claverie
  • Writer
    Thierry Audin
  • Translator
    Jenny Montgomery
  • Set building
    Hugues Bernatchez, Éric Leblanc, Danny Rochette, Gabriel Rochette
  • Workshop team
    Éliane Bourget
    Gabriel Bourget Harvey
    Gabrielle Arsenault
    Gabrielle Doucet
    Geneviève Bournival
    Geneviève Tremblay
    Geneviève Thibault
    Joée Lachapelle
    Jacopo Guilli
    Mylène Turcotte
    Émilie Potvin
    Guylaine Petitclerc
    Jean Gauthier
    Laurie Carrier
    Maude Groleau
    Élène Pearson
    Sonia Pagé
    Danielle Boutin
    Mona Elicery
    Marie McNicoll
    Daphnée Lemieux-Boivin
    Marie-Renée Bourget Harvey
  • Handyman
    Tony Hamelin
  • Director's Agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Producer/ Ex Machina
    Michel Bernatchez,
    assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie
  • Design and production
    Ex Machina
  • Associate Production - Europe, Japan
    Epidemic (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)
  • Associate Production - The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ
    Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker, assisted by Sarah Rogers and Dominique Sarrazin)
  • Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts,
    Quebec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.
  • Thanks
  • Volta team
  • VFX Producer
    Mathieu Boucher
  • Executive Producer
    Jean-François Tremblay
  • Production Director
    Mario Couturier
  • Production coordinator
    Annie Rioux
    Geneviève Savard
  • Compositors
    Cyril Conforti
    Jean-François Gauthier
    François Lafontaine
    Anthony Nadeau-Poulin
    Alexandra Paquet
  • Head of CG
    Robert Moodie
  • 3D Artists
    Xavier Bourdages-Pageau
    Alexandre Giguère
  • Lead Layout Artist
    Maxime Gagnon
  • Layout Artists
    Patrick Bergeron
    Pierre Lalancette
  • Matte painter
    Benoît Ladouceur
  • 2D Artist
    Daniel Pocetti
  • Roto artist / 2D Artist
    Jean-Luc Savard
  • 3D Animators
    Maude Deschamps
    Jeongmin Sim
  • Render / Wrangler
    Samuel Bissonnette
  • Editor
    Frédéric Fortier
  • R&D
    Simon Ampleman
    Jean-Philippe Auclair
    Olivier Therrien
  • Vasconcelos Library (Mexico)
    Guillermo Moyano
    Louis-Philippe Bourgeois
    Daniel Goldin Halfon
    Ivonne Espinosa del Valle
  • Yehet G&B
    Karla Ivonne Ortiz Gallegos
    Arialdna Marlene Salinas Cabrera
    Mitzi Yareli Pérez Mendieta
    Andrea Álvarez Centeno
    Brenda Jiménez Rivera
    Ericka Paola Aguilar Ramírez
  • University Library in Copenhagen
    Anne Sofie Bruun
    Carsten Moller
    Peder Bjurman
    Anine Bjurman
    Christian Ulrich Lauersen
    Therese Moller
  • Extras
    Marie Solitander Bohlbro
    Sigurd Eriksen
    Christian Langholz Carstensen
    Signe Storch Jakobsen
    Katinka Hurvig Moller
    Sofie Hojsted Sorensen
    Ludvig Brostrup
    Astrid Haugesen
    Clara Fasting Prebensen
    Robert Lepage
    Steve Blanchet
    Christian Garon
    Peder Bjurman
    Therese Moller
    Max Levin Kugler
    Julius Gotthardt Moller
  • National and University Library de Sarajevo
    Isak Hararic (violoncelliste)
    Drazen Jerkic
    Tarik Dautovic
  • Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève
    Ismaël Jude-Fercak
  • 3D model Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève
    Martin Bressani
    Marc Grignon
    Adel Albloushi
  • Admont Abbey Library
    Maximilian Schiefermüller OSB
    Karin M. Schamberger
  • Library of Parliament / Ottawa
    Cynthia Cusinato
    Marie-Claude Langlois
    Sonia Bebbington
  • Nautilus Library
    Nemo : Jean-Sébastien Ouellet
    Aronnax : Jean-Nicolas Marquis
  • "Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G-minor"
    By Jean-Sébastien Bach
    Performed by Robert Parkins
    Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc
  • Alexandria Library
    Christian Michaud
    Sylvio Arriola
  • Library of Congress
    Tony Hamelin
  • Hasedera Temple
    Christine Lavoie-Gagnon
    Koike Misaki
    Hiroyuki Takahashi
    Shichito Kuroita
    Yuka Onoda
    Koji Yamazaki (moine)
  • Audio Library
    FMOD Studio by Firelight Technologies

The Library at Night


As part of the festivities surrounding the Grand Bibliothèque’s 10th anniversary, Ex Machina has created, based on an original idea by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, an exhibition inspired by Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night. In this work, the Argentine-born Canadian author addresses the philosophical, logical, architectural and social dimensions that underlie any library’s existence. Multifaceted, The Library at Night offers visitors a museum-like, design-based and virtual immersion experience.

The Ex Machina team offers a personalized scenography with 10 libraries, real or imagined, an invitation to take a journey from Sarajevo to Mexico and from Alexandria to the bottom of the sea on board the Nautilus, by means of virtual reality.

Upon entering the first room, the visitor discovers a reproduction of Alberto Manguel’s library. This initial step allows the visitor to enter the author’s universe while adjusting to the relative darkness of the exhibition.

The second room, the forest, is the heart of the scenographic experience. Wandering through this wooded landscape, the visitor encounters a space that contrasts with the order and rigour that characterize libraries. There the visitor will find stations where, by means of glasses using a 360° immersion technology, he will be transported to a virtual reality. This project uses a 360° video immersion technology.

This exhibition is a voyage through time, and around the world, to 10 mythic places—an immersive and sensory adventure that involves both our intelligence and our memory.


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