Nuit Blanche • Artworks
'HELIKOPTER-STREICHQUARTET', concert et performance - Monnaie de Paris et Pont Neuf
Stockhausen, 'HELIKOPTER-STREICHQUARTET', 1995. © Helen Maybanks.
'Fog Installation #07156R - FOG SQUARE', sculpture de brume éphémère - Fujiko Nakaya - Place de la République
Fujiko Nakaya, Living Chasm – 'Cockatoo Island', 2012. Vue d’installation à la 18e Biennale de Sydney, 2012 à Cockatoo Island. © Prudence Upton/Destination NSW.
'A Day in May', projection vidéo - Robin Rhode - Pont de la rue Louis Blanc
Robin Rhode, 'A Day in May' (capture vidéo), 2013. Courtesy de l’artiste
'Aventure d’un soir', événement pyrotechnique - Cai Guo-Qiang - Berges de Seine rive gauche, entre le Pont Royal et la passerelle Solférino
Cai Guo-Qiang, Projet pour 'Aventure d'un soir', 2013. Courtesy de l'artiste.
'The Model in Paris', sculpture participative - Palle Nielsen, Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad
Palle Nielsen, 'Modellen - En modell för ett kvalitativt samhälle' (détail), 1968. MACBA Collection. Don de l’artiste. © Palle Nielsen, ADAGP, Paris, 2013.
'L'objet du doute', installation vivante - Virginie Yassef - Rue des Cascades
Virginie Yassef, 'L'objet du doute'. Dessin préparatoire. Courtesy galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris.
'Ceinture', installation monumentale - Huang Yong Ping - Carreau du temple
Huang Yong Ping, 'Théâtre du Monde' et 'Pont', 1993-1995. © ADAGP Huang Yong Ping. Courtesy de l’artiste et galerie kamel mennour, Paris
'La Commune', projection vidéo - Peter Watkins - Bourse du Travail
Peter Watkins, 'La Commune' (Paris, 1871), 2000. © Corina Paltrinieri/13Productions.
'Memories of tomorrow', installation et performance - Didier Faustino - Mairie du 4e
Didier Faustino, 'Memories of tomorrow', 2013. ©ADAGP Didier Faustino. Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Michel Rein, Paris.
'Composition for a public park', installation lumineuse et sonore - Hassan Khan - Parc de Belleville
Hassan Khan, projet pour le parc de Belleville, 2013. Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
'Le sommeil des tumultes', visite performative - Dector & Dupuy - Belleville / Ménilmontant
Dector & Dupuy, 'Plaque tournante', 2013. Courtesy des artistes.
'All The Bells Work No: 1676, 2013', performance - Martin Creed - Paris
Martin Creed, 'All the Bells' / Londres, JO 2012 / CC - Birmingham Culture
'Artistes aux Platines', DJ live - Berges de Seine, rive gauche, Port du gros caillou
Davide Bertocchi, 'Phonograph', 1998. C-print sur dibond. Courtesy de l'artiste et collection Norman Regis, Milan.
'THRILLOCHROMES', projection et installation - Michael Portnoy - Gare de l'Est
Michael Portnoy, 'THRILLOCHROMES', 2013. Poster. Courtesy de l’artiste.
'Fosse d'orchestre', installation sonore sous-marine - Rosa Barba - Ecluse des Récollets
Rosa Barba, Simulation de l'œuvre 'Fosse d'orchestre', 2013. Courtesy de l’artiste et Frac Franche-Comté.
'Où as-tu dormi la nuit dernière', installation sonore - Kristin Oppenheim - Siège du parti communiste
Kristin Oppenheim, 'Tap Your Shoes', 1996. Courtesy de l'artiste et Frac des Pays de la Loire. © Marc Domage
Martin Creed – All the Bells
At twelve past eight on a gorgeous July morning in London, Big Ben starts chiming. For the next three minutes, bells ring in concert all across the UK, heralding the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. The brainchild of the provocative British artist Martin Creed, this mesmerising piece of participatory art is now coming to Paris. The idea is that everyone across the city joins in by ringing anything at hand for three minutes continuously, beginning at 7pm on the dot. So grab your bike bells and alarm clocks (or alternatively, download the dedicated ‘All the Bells’ app), and get ready to make some noise.
Port du Gros Caillou (Berges de Seine), Hôtel de Ville, Eglise Notre-Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant, Canal Saint-Martin and all over Paris
Lasts for three minutes, beginning at 7pm
Stockhausen, HELIKOPTER-STREICHQUARTET, 1995. © Helen Maybanks
Karlheinz Stockhausen – 'String Quartet for Helicopters'
The German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who once referred to the 9/11 attacks as ‘the greatest work of art imaginable’, is no stranger to controversy – a label that applies equally to his avant-garde fusion of electronic and contemporary classical music. An early adopter of synths, Stockhausen has had an incalculable influence on bands ranging from Kraftwerk to Radiohead. This year’s Nuit Blanche will see a performance of one of his wildest compositions, ‘Helikopter-Streichquartet’, which requires the four members of a string quartet each to perform their part in a different helicopter in full flight! This promises to be one of the more spectacular of the night’s events.
Monnaie de Paris, Pont-Neuf
Cai Guo-Qiang – 'Aventure d'un soir'
Like Martin Creed, who will also be participating in this year’s Nuit Blanche, the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is perhaps best known for his contribution to an Olympics opening ceremony – in his case, the spectacular fireworks display for Beijing 2008. In a similar vein, his Nuit Blanche installation will seek to illustrate the passion of love with elaborate pyrotechnic projections over the Seine. Set to an orchestral score by his compatriot Tan Dun (responsible for the music in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’), this will be one for the romantics.
Berges de Seine, left bank, between Pont Royal bridge and the Solférino footbridge
DJ Set – 'Artistes aux patines'
It wouldn’t be a nuit blanche (‘all-nighter’) without music to keep your feet itchy. Thankfully the organisers agree, as they’ve given permission for the Berges de Seine area to be converted into a temporary dance floor for the night. Five DJs will be playing back-to-back until 2.30am.
Berges de Seine, left bank, Port du gros caillou
7pm-8.30pm : Davide Bertocchi
8.30pm-10pm : Xavier Veilhan
10pm-11.30pm : Samon Takahashi
11.30pm-1am : Kolkoz
1am-2.30am : Chiara Fumai
Robin Rhode, A Day in May (capture vidéo), 2013. Courtesy de l’artiste.
Robin Rhode – 'A Day in May'
At a mere 37 years of age, Robin Rhode has already exhibited his distinctive mash-up of street, contemporary and performance art in Berlin, New York and his native South Africa. Sport, graffiti and hip hop feature heavily in his multimedia works, as indeed in the film he’ll be exhibiting at Nuit Blanche. His animated short ‘A Day in May’, which premiered at the Moscow Biennale earlier this year, tells the story of a man who tries to put up an anarchist flag while being harassed by giant clothes pegs.
Pont de la rue Louis-Blanc bridge
Palle Nielsen, Modellen - En modell för ett kvalitativt samhälle (détail), 1968. MACBA Collection. Don de l’artiste. © Palle Nielsen, ADAGP, Paris, 2013.
Palle Nielsen – 'The Model in Paris'
In 1968 Palle Nielsen transformed the entire Moderna Museet in Stockholm into a giant temporary playground - a stunt that drew crowds and made the artist’s name. Over three weeks, a total of 20,000 children came to ascend wooden climbing frames and launch themselves at huge foam mountains. Almost half a century later, Nielsen is bringing the concept to Paris. Revellers young and old alike are invited to bounce around the insides of the ‘House of Creativity’ and the ‘House of Jump’, on the Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad.
Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad
Rosa Barba – 'Fosse d'orchestre'
Go for a stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin at some point during the night: amid the croaking of frogs and the lapping of plastic bottles against the quay, you’ll be sure to hear snatches of Rosa Barba’s new composition. With the aid of an aquatic sound-emitting device, the Berlin-based Italian performance artist will be spinning sonorous concoctions out of vibrations in the water, from the evening through to the early hours.
Ecluse des Récollets
Michael Portnoy – 'THRILLOCHROMES'
What at first sight looks like a series of monochrome beige canvases turns out, on closer inspection, to be a mad collage of shredded trench coats. Artist Michael Portnoy turns the Gare de l’Est into an unhinged museum of film noir for the evening, as he examines and subverts the conventions of the genre in a collection of installations and short films.
Gare de l’Est
Fujiko Nakaya – 'Fog Installation'
Fujiko Nakaya’s ephemeral clouds of water droplets have added an element of poetry to public spaces in major cities around the world, from Sydney to Toronto via San Francisco. The artificial fog adapts and changes depending on the weather conditions, the light and the presence of people walking through it.
Place de la République
Peter Watkins – 'La Commune'
Paris’s Bourse du Travail (labour exchange) is a symbolic venue for union protests and social engagement, so an ideal venue for the projection of Peter Watkins’ six-hour film on the Commune de Paris, the brief and violently suppressed socialistic government of 1871. Radical and pertinent, the film follows dozens of amateur actors improvising the insurrection, with an impressive lightness of touch and contemporary feel that mixes the debates of then and now. Poetic and political, it’s one of the best historic films of recent years.
Bourse du Travail
Didier Faustino – 'Memories of Tomorrow'
Sometime set designer Didier Faustino has already exhibited at MOMA and the Centre Pompidou. For Nuit Blanche, he is creating sculptures from the metal barriers used by police to hold back demonstrations – ‘Memories of Tomorrow’ is a dialogue between the barriers and elegant French gardens installed in front of the town hall in the fourth arrondissement, overseen by a horde of actors dressed as state security police.
Mairie du 4e
Huang Yong Ping – 'Ceinture'
Anyone with a phobia of creepy-crawlies should avoid this one. Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping brings his 1993 work ‘Théâtre du Monde’ to Paris – a controversial and often censored work where live cockroaches, tarantulas, snakes and scorpions are held in an enormous shell-like container. Locusts, worms and other beasts crawl around the room in a large transparent tube. Frissons guaranteed.
Carreau du Temple
Dector & Dupuy – 'Le Sommeil des Tumultes'
Creative pair Dector et Dupuy have created a series of offbeat 30-minute tours of Paris throughout the night of Nuit Blanche. Based around strange objects, amusing signs and unusual words scattered around the urban landscape, this is an opportunity to discover the French capital through the eyes of a couple of (slightly bonkers) artists.
Rotonde de Stalingrad (9pm), Siège du Parti Communiste (10pm and 5am), Gymnase Jemmapes (11pm and 4am), Maison des Métallos (12mid and 3am), Gymnase des Pyrénées (1am), Gymnase Bidassoa (2am)
Virginie Yassef – 'L'Objet du Doute'
The ancient Rue des Cascades is all steep climbs, narrow stairways and mysterious corners. Virginie Yassef has placed an uprooted tree on its side in the middle of the tarmac, illuminated by a strange light – as you make your way past, the tree begins to try and right itself, before returning to its prone position. Yassef pokes at the boundaries between reality and imagination in a strange and dramatic installation that gives a new interpretation to streets and places that are full of history.
Rue des Cascades
Hassan Khan – 'Composition for a Public Park'
A night-time stroll in the Parc de Belleville, but with a difference – instead of the starry night sky, coloured lights and aural soundscapes will provide the backdrop to your wanderings. Underground artist Hassan Kahn is known for his performances that mix music, film and writing – tonight, he’ll focus on traditional music and acoustic electro to make a surreal escape from the city.
Parc de Belleville
Kristin Oppenheim – 'Où as-tu dormi la nuit dernière'
The venue for Kristin Oppenheim’s sound installation during Nuit Blanche offers a rare opportunity to see the inside of Brazilian architects Oscar Niermeyer’s 1980 design for the Communist Party headquarters. An enormous white dome surging out of the ground next to the Colonel Fabien metro station, it was built in 1980 and classed a historical monument in 2007 – the shape makes it an incredible auditorium.
Siège du parti communiste.