February 26, 2024


Arts Eternal

Mythical libraries and VR immersive art collide in new exhibit by Robert Lepage

A new, immersive artwork show that permits friends to working experience historic and legendary libraries, both of those in a bodily place and through VR technological know-how, is now open at Toronto’s Lighthouse Artspace.

The Library at Night, which is based mostly on Argentinian-Canadian author Alberto Manguel’s 2006 e-book by the identical identify, is composed of two specifically built rooms.

In the 1st room, guests experience a almost precise reproduction of Manguel’s particular library, finish with dim lighting, scarce publications, and pretend windows that demonstrate raindrops slipping down the frosty glass. 

Then, they are introduced to the 2nd place by way of a magic formula revolving doorway that leads to a massive, legendary representation of a forest. There, they are seated at library desks and surrounded by a soundscape and ripped internet pages of textbooks at their feet.

“A library is an working experience, not just a location where you go to borrow a guide,” creator of the exhibit and acclaimed Canadian theatre artist, Robert Lepage, explained.

“It was important for us to develop a little something that would immerse folks into the notion of a library, and not just chat about it or make clear it.”

Library desk and publications in the legendary forest home of the show. (CBC Information)

After seated, the viewers can put on the VR headset and headphones that are all set at their table. And with the help of the 360-diploma technologies, they are carried absent into 10 reconstructed or fictional libraries.

“It is a incredibly bewitching setting,” Lepage said. “They put their helmet on and then they’re transported into distinct sections of the entire world at diverse situations.”

Customers can change their heads from facet to facet, when a narrator immerses them even further by describing the diverse scenes, like a Baroque library and one that is 2,000 a long time old. 

“The knowledge turns into seriously, seriously enjoyment when you start off looking all all-around and not to fixate on one particular location,” Lepage claimed. “Which is why we have these swivel chairs so that men and women can in fact shift close to — so it can be a pretty bodily experience.”

According to Lepage, persons have a tendency to perceive libraries as becoming extremely stiff sites in which anyone goes to borrow a e-book or browse, which is a thing he would like to alter by way of the exhibit. 

“Folks will arrive out acquiring a wholly unique look at of what a library is about,” Lepage reported.

Robert Lepage, creator of The Library at Evening immersive art exhibit. (CBC Information)


The Library at Night intently follows other identical exhibits, all by Lighthouse Immersive, that also took put at 1 Yonge St. These functions incorporate a photography exhibit by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Immersive Nutcracker, and the ongoing Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Klimt: Revolution. 

The new event, which toured internationally, is taking place in affiliation with Luminato Competition Toronto and Lepage’s corporation called Ex Machina. 

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, just about every session accepts a maximum of 20 persons for each time slot. Each and every surface area and the VR headsets are also sanitized amongst utilizes. Tickets for the celebration, which is functioning from March 10 to April 18, are out there at Lighthouse Immersive’s site.