THE LIBRARY AT NIGHT

BY:    R O B E R T   L E P A G E  

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Robert Lepage’s THE LIBRARY AT NIGHT

- A virtual reality experience

The Experience

In a world created by Robert Lepage and inspired by Alberto Manguel’s book of the same title. The Library at Night is an immersive and sensory virtual-reality adventure that involves both our intelligence and our memory. This virtual reality experience is a voyage through time, and around the world. 10 mythic places – 10 libraries, real or imagined from Sarajevo to Mexico and from Alexandria to the bottom of the sea onboard the Nautilus.

Every library carries in it a method of the mind, a mirror of the creators – an order. At night, books disappear into the shadows, assert themselves into your circle of light.

Manguel writes, “the library in the morning suggests an echo of the severe and reasonably wishful order of the world, the library at night seems to rejoice in the world’s essential, joyful muddle.”

Inspired by the personal library of Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night is an immersive journey through time and around the world.

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Immersive Technology

As part of the festivities surrounding the Grand Bibliothèque’s 10th anniversary, Robert Lepage and Ex Machina have 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.

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THE CREATIVE TEAM

Robert Lepage

“The Library at Night for us was a strange adventure into hitherto unsuspected places and times. Voyaging in the world of libraries inevitably brought us back to writing itself. The new technology we used for the exhibit opened the door to truly extraordinary things that had us writing in a new way. It’s an astonishing language filled with promises, especially if you pair it up with the idea of “night,” with all its mystery, restlessness, dreams, and imaginings. That’s another thing this is — doing justice to the idea of dislocation, of expatriation.”

Multidisciplinary artist and co-designer

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In order to comply with the City of Toronto’s vaccine mandate, visitors at The Library at Night will be required to present proof of vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.

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Vaccine Mandate for

Robert Lepage’s THE LIBRARY AT NIGHT

As of September 22nd, we will be implementing a mandatory proof of vaccination policy for all patrons attending this exhibit in the City of Toronto.

From September 22nd, all patrons will be required to present proof of vaccination to our entrance greeter in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.

Valid proof: Until such time as Ontario introduces its digital proof of vaccination platform, we will be accepting proof of vaccination by means of the vaccine receipt received after the final vaccination.

This can be shown to our attendants via phone, printout, etc. This receipt indicates whether it was a first or second dose, as well as the date on which it was administered.

Patrons will also have to provide a valid photo ID, to match the names on the vaccination receipt.

Exception: To accommodate patrons as we transition into full compliance, we will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test from September 22nd to October 12th in lieu of proof of vaccination. This negative test must have been done within 72 hours of attending this exhibit. Nucleic acid (including polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) tests are acceptable. Take-home tests will not be accepted. After October 12th, we will only accept proof of vaccination.

Please note:

Full vaccination is defined as having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and having run a full two-week course since receiving the second shot. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccine mandate.

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