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by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.com

June 15, 2017 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on June 15, 2017.

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to: kessler@well.com

Here this file is one of a number made available -- hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe. Please email suggestions for improvements to me at kessler@well.com

 

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Summer-sites, at & via the BnFrance

 

S ummer-sites, at & via the BnFrance, its digital-libraries & many-other libraries, just-two among many official annonces, and these two, very interestingly, "casques de réalité virtuelle" & "Mozart"…

Site #1:

(in english -- at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, the "Tolbiac site" --)

"The Library At Night : virtual-reality immersion into mythic libraries"

Exhibition

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
François-Mitterrand
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, 13 a.m. - 7 p.m. (closure of the pay desk: 6 p.m.)
Closed on public holidays
Full price: 10.60 € ; Reduced price: 8.60 €
Reservation via FNAC only: 0892 684 694 (0,34 €/mn all taxes included) and at www.fnac.com Duration: 1h30

from May 16, 2017 to August 13, 2017
François-Mitterrand / Gallery 2

"In 2015, as part of the festivities surrounding the Grand Bibliothèque's 10th anniversary, Robert Lepage and his production company, Ex Machina, have created, based on an original idea by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), an exhibition inspired by Alberto Manguel's The Library at Night.

" 'Like memory, a library works differently at night. By day, each book seems to offer itself to the gaze equitably and democratically… But at night, certain books disappear while others assert themselves in the halo of your light', writes Alberto Manguel. At night, the library becomes a dream machine.

"This exhibition is an invitation to take a dreamlike journey from Sarajevo to Mexico and from Alexandria to the bottom of the sea on board the Nautilus by means of virtual reality. Multifaceted, The Library at Night offers visitors a museum-like, design-based, and virtual-immersion experience, and a personalized scenography with 10 libraries, real or imagined.

"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 360º immersion technology, he will be transported to a virtual reality.

"The experience starts with an exhibition dedicated to the imaginary world of libraries and mainly presenting a number of documents from the BnF collections."

In partnership with : Télérama - France Culture - Transfuge

http://www.bnf.fr/en/cultural_events/anx_exhibitions/f.bibliotheque_la_nuit_eng.html

 

(and in french -- & some additional information here --)

"La bibliothèque, la nuit : Bibliothèques mythiques en réalité virtuelle"

Exposition

INFORMATIONS PRATIQUES
Site François Mitterrand
mardi - samedi de 10h à 19h
dimanche de 13h à 19h (fermeture des caisses à 18h)
fermé lundi et jours fériés
Uniquement sur réservation en ligne sur le site de la FNAC (10,60 €, tarif réduit 8,60 €) ou au 0892 684 694 jusqu'à la veille de la visite ou sur place (9 €, tarif réduit 7 €) le jour de la visite dans la limite des places disponibles.
Accessible à partir de 13 ans.
Durée : 1h30

du 16 mai 2017 au 13 août 2017
François-Mitterrand / Galerie 2

"La BnF présente une exposition réalisée par le metteur en scène Robert Lepage et sa compagnie Ex Machina, d'après une idée originale de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

"Inspirée de l'ouvrage d'Alberto Manguel, La bibliothèque, la nuit, l'exposition est enrichie d'une introduction consacrée à l'imaginaire des bibliothèques, conçue par la BnF à partir de ses collections.

Au moyen d'un casque de réalité virtuelle, le visiteur est invité à un fabuleux voyage onirique, dans le temps et dans l'espace.

Au total, dix bibliothèques mythiques, réelles ou imaginaires, se dévoilent au cours d'une expérience d'immersion à la fois muséale et scénographique qui mobilise tout à la fois l'intelligence, la mémoire et la rêverie : Bibliothèque de l'abbaye d'Admont (Admont, Autriche), Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandrie, Égypte), Bibliothèque du Congrès (Washington DC, États-Unis), Megabiblioteca José Vasconcelos (Mexico, Mexique), Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Bosnie), Bibliothèque du Nautilus (d'après Vingt mille lieues sous les mers de Jules Verne), Bibliothèque du Parlement (Ottawa, Canada), Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (Paris, France), Bibliothèque du temple Hase-dera (Kamakura, Japon), Bibliothèque universitaire de Copenhague (Copenhague, Danemark).

Exposition réalisée avec le concours du Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec et de la Délégation générale du Québec à Paris.

En partenariat avec
Télérama - France Culture - Transfuge - France 5 - Culturebox

http://www.bnf.fr/fr/evenements_et_culture/anx_expositions/f.bibliotheque_la_nuit.html?seance=1223926531574

 

Site #2:

(in english -- at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra, the "Opéra site" --)

"Mozart : A passion for France"

Exhibition

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra
Opéra Library Palais Garnier
Entrée des visiteurs et des lecteurs : angle des rues Scribe et Auber
Adresse postale : 8 rue Scribe
75009 Paris
Téléphone : 33(0)1 53 79 37 40
Courriel : bibliotheque-musee-opera@bnf.fr
Métro Lignes 3, 7, 8, (Opéra), 7 et 9, (Chaussée-d'Antin) RER A, (Auber)
Bus Lignes 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Access until 4:30 pm)
(17 July - 3 September: extended until 6 p.m. )
Full price: 12 € ; Reduced price: 8 €
Reservations at le site de l'Opéra de Paris

from June 20, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Opéra Library

"From Mozart's first journeys to France to his posthumous fame on the various lyric stages, this exhibition discloses the wealth and variety of the collections housed at the BnF and Paris Opera. The autograph manuscript of the cult work Don Giovanni is here presented together with some of Mozart's major manuscripts worldwide but also with sketches of costumes and sets commissioned to the famous artists engaged on the French lyric stages.

"The ties between Mozart and France were actually very strong. He came to Paris on three occasions; he set to music Le Mariage de Figaro, the famous play by Beaumarchais and the manuscript of Don Giovanni was even bought by one of the most famous French singers of the time, Pauline Viardot.

"Today, Mozart is the most often performed composer at Paris Opera and his work remains an inexhaustible source of theatrical invention. The exhibition follows the major steps of his recognition by the French public: first of all, a fascination for the precocity of the child prodigy; then, the adaptation of his works to the French taste and eventually the celebration of his universal genius by posterity."

Visually-impaired public:
Accompaniment free-of-charge by les Souffleurs d'Images.
Information and / or reservation (please inquire 15 days before your visit) at,
souffleursdimages@crth.org
See also: the article in Chroniques, the magazine of the BnF, avril - juillet 2017 (interactive presentation)

http://www.bnf.fr/en/cultural_events/anx_exhibitions/f.mozart_passion_francaise_eng.html

 

(and in french -- and, as above, some additional information here --)

"Mozart : Une passion française"

Exposition

INFORMATIONS PRATIQUES
Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra
Palais Garnier
Entrée des visiteurs et des lecteurs : angle des rues Scribe et Auber
Adresse postale : 8 rue Scribe
75009 Paris
Téléphone : 33(0)1 53 79 37 40
Courriel : bibliotheque-musee-opera@bnf.fr
Métro Lignes 3, 7, 8, (Opéra), 7 et 9, (Chaussée-d'Antin) RER A, (Auber)
Bus Lignes 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

tous les jours, de 10h à 17h (accès jusqu'à 16h30)
(du 17 juillet au 3 septembre : prolongation jusqu'à 18h )
tarif plein : 12 € ; tarif réduit : 8 €
Réservations sur le site de l'Opéra de Paris

du 20 juin 2017 au 24 septembre 2017
Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra

"Des premiers voyages de Mozart en France jusqu'à sa gloire posthume sur les diverses scènes lyriques, cette exposition dévoile la richesse et la variété des collections conservées à la BnF et à l'Opéra national de Paris.

"Autour du manuscrit autographe de l'oeuvre-culte Don Giovanni, on présente ici des manuscrits musicaux de Mozart parmi les plus importants au monde, mais aussi des maquettes de costumes et de décors commandés aux prestigieux artistes engagés sur les scènes lyriques françaises. Les liens qui unissent Mozart à la France sont en effet étroits, qu'il s'agisse de ses trois séjours à Paris, de la célèbre pièce de Beaumarchais, Le Mariage de Figaro, qu'il met en musique, ou encore de l'acquisition du manuscrit de Don Giovanni par l'une des plus grandes cantatrices françaises, Pauline Viardot.

"Devenu aujourd'hui le compositeur le plus joué à l'Opéra de Paris, son œuvre demeure une source intarissable d'invention théâtrale. L'exposition retrace les grandes étapes de sa reconnaissance par le public français : fascination, d'abord, pour la précocité de l'enfant prodige, adaptation, ensuite, de ses œuvres au goût français, célébration enfin, de son génie universel par la postérité."

http://www.bnf.fr/fr/evenements_et_culture/anx_expositions/f.mozart_passion_francaise.html

 

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And a Note: about, "casques de réalité virtuelle" & "Mozart"…

French libraries both digital-library -- a virtual-reality experience, sitting within the "ancient" BnF, imagine, but at its new very-21st c. premises… and a very-realia-experience, The Marriage of Figaro, and the ms. versions of Don Giovanni, at the grand old "Salle des Capucines" Palais Garnier, 19th c. premises of the Paris Opéra… What a wealthy mix!

France these days is become a virtuous blend of the best of the new and the best of the old in many respects, it seems. Perhaps this always has been the greatest virtue of the place, and its greatest cultural and historical contribution: Paris as a cauldron of change, in Europe, taking chances, forging the new amalgams, for both rejuvenating Western Civ. and keeping it alive and vital…

Be sure to check-out the video clips of those VR sessions, referenced via the links above.

Paris is truly a moveable feast… enjoy!…

And a "virtual-reality-helmet" -- awful teutonic mouthful -- in french is a "casque de réalité virtuelle"… so now you know :-)… and terminology so much more "mellifluous", as W.C. Fields would have said… The French were the famous source of the similar transformation of the term "airbag", which sounds like an anglo-américain grunt, into the positively-musical, "coussin gonflable de protection"!

Of course as they often do they then overdid this, in the execution, originally making the penalty for mere usage of said grunt, in officialese anyway, a prison-sentence… no kidding, this was in the original loi Toubon… at least it wasn't Mlle. la Guillotine… But they moderated that. These days they're the only folks capable of "moderating" anything, it seems.

Odd that the Rest Of Us, the so-called "raisonnables" -- at least self-labeled, compared to the supposedly too-excitable French -- should be finding "moderation", these days, inside the Hexagone. I suppose that's because the process is an eternal ongoing balancing -- nearly an Old Greek (not new, they're excitable) or even an Old Chinese, idea, "all things in moderation", "the mandate of heaven", "the Mean". We'll see… we'll see how long the French "balance" lasts…

But in the interesting-times in which we all live, right now -- all over the globe, West & East, and North & South -- it is comfortable, and reassuring, to look to the French once again, they appear to be making some correct choices, to be looking forward & not just behind, to be building & not simply destroying, and those are good things, at all times and certainly during times of change. And their libraries are doing it too: blending "casques de réalité virtuelle" with "Mozart"…

 

Jack, kessler@well.com

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W3: http://www.fyifrance.com

 

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