A "Nuit Blanche" in Paris for Gray Area!

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

On October 5, 2019 at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), Gray AreaFoundation for the Arts, a San Francisco-based cultural place dedicated to the digital arts, will be given complete freedom during the “Nuit Blanche”, one of the most exciting events of the Parisian cultural nightlife, to explore immersive, audiovisual and performing experiences with concerts, 360° screenings, DJ and VJ sets.

On one hand, for Gray Area artists, there could not possibly be a better Parisian scene than the Gaîté Lyrique: after having been one of the most prestigious Parisian theatre for 140 years, a Paris City Council decision in the early 2000s established the place as a new cultural institution dedicated to digital cultures. Since then, La Gaîté Lyrique has entertained an avant-gardist mindset, always exploring new aspects of the digital productions with the same expectations for innovation and excellence which made the reputation of the place since 1862.

The 2018 edition of La Gaîté Lyrique’s « Nuit Blanche »

On the other hand, Gray Area’s vision and mission perfectly fit into La Gaîté Lyrique’s ambition of spreading digital culture. Since 2008, Gray Area dedicates itself to applying the promise and inspiration of digital art to a broader social context. The foundation hence uses art and technology to create social and civic impact through education, incubation and public events. To do so, Gray Area hosts and promotes workshops, conferences, festivals and experimental research labs, all aiming at boosting the digital artists’ creativity.

Both Gray Area and Gaîté Lyrique are thrilled by the perspective of this first collaboration on the occasion of the 2019 “Nuit Blanche”, for the great pleasure of the Parisian digital arts amateurs. The lineup will be announced soon.

A French-American partnership: Oakland-Saint-Denis

The 2019 “Nuit Blanche”, taking place on October 5th, will be the climax of a learning expedition of Californian partners coming to Saint-Denis in the framework of the Oakland/Saint-Denis cooperation project.

La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) and a Gray Area performance (San Francisco)

From September 30th to October 5th, 2019, the U.S. professional team – composed of scholars, urbanists, artists – will participate in a learning expedition in Saint-Denis,. Both cities, which share many common features, face major metropolitan development and common prejudices but also share the same status of historical places of innovative artistic communities. In November, the French team will participate in a similar learning expedition, this time in Oakland. If one of the aims of both learning expeditions will be to observe the urban innovations implemented in each one of the partner cities, urban and digital cultures will also be promoted through events such as the “Nuit Blanche”.

The following artists will perform at Gaîté Lyrique during Gray Area's carte blanche:

  • Bleie x Chelley Sherman

  • Christina Chatfield x Jono Brandel

  • Russel E. L. Butler x Ian Colon

The Oakland-Saint-Denis cooperation project is made possible thanks to the support of California Humanities, the Institut Français, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the French American Cultural Society.

Thanks to the collaboration with American partners : City of Oakland, UC Berkeley, Burning Man Project, CAST, YR Media, Oakland Museum of California, Spur and MoreLab.

And French partners: City of Saint-Denis, Plaine Commune, Société du Grand Paris, 6b, Ateliers Médicis, APUR, Légendes Urbaines, Baluchon, Paris VIII University and Kaimera Productions.

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