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  • 1.

    The Sensual City path

  • 2.

    The climate

  • 3.

    Built landscapes

  • 4.

    On the waterside

  • 5.

    In the sky

  • 6.

    Movement and balance

  • 7.

    Nightscape

    The incessant activity of contemporary urban civilisation has changed our perception of the night. City nights are no longer moments of silence, rest and darkness. In movement 24 hours a day, today’s cities have no time out … This stockpiling of night time has been made possible by the development of urban street lighting, a measure that has pushed darkness back into the countryside, far from urban areas. As a result, daytime economic activities are being progressively extended and the time temps devoted to leisure increased. Some people, with good reason, believe that the urban night has lost its enchantment. Light is the indispensable auxiliary of surveillance and control systems. It reinforces the powers of the eye, already very powerful during the day, and leaves little place for the other senses. But we perceive the night in another manner, as a shaping of light. Night-light is quite different from day-light because it is not a light from a single point, that of the sun. It comes from a multitude of different sources introduced by mankind. And it is the glittering random interplay of artificial light on the city’s surfaces that give the urban night all its poetry through flashing signs and glowing neons. Nothing remains the same once night has fallen: well-known spaces (parks, roads and buildings) take on a new and sometimes strange appearance, and these transformations awaken our senses. We become aware of other sounds, other smells. The night stimulates our perceptive capacities and allows us to reinvent what is around us, to experience the city in a new way.

    • 7.1.

      Proposals

    • 7.2.

      Fresco

      At the heart of the proposed audiovisual journey, five cinema screens and a suddenly dark atmosphere plunge visitors to the French Pavilion into the history of French cinema. An urban, nocturnal, sensual and strange walk through a montage of short sequences taken from fifteen films from the 1940s to today. Urban landscapes, famous faces, lights and silhouettes, meetings and encounters, wandering through a night full of mystery, movement, and tension… Composer Loïk Dury has taken over the soundtracks, mixing voices and music to heighten the immersive effect. In partnership with the Archives Françaises du Film / Centre national de la Cinématographie.

    • 7.3.

      Leitmotiv

  • 8.

    The materiality of cities

  • 9.

    News

  • 10.

    Informations

  • 11.

    Index