I love Paris because there are always new things to do and to discover.
For example, this week I went on a tour of Gaîté Lyrique | Révolutions Numériques, an astounding place which fuses art and technology together and is an interesting place for everyone to visit.
Its concept is brought to life in an old Italian theatre which was opened in 1862 only to be partly destroyed in 1987 so an amusement park could be constructed on the site in three weeks. Today, this building has been transformed into a centre for electronic entertainment and creative ideas while also being a place for debates and sharing of ideas and information across different sectors and countries.
After I came through the entrance door, which retains the original style of the building, I felt as if I had entered a technological Disneyland in the heart of Paris.
The modern architecture uses the pixel as its inspiration for the creation of bright and interesting spaces with spectacular exhibits… a maze of inventions and innovations. It’s also a great place for fans of the Wii, like me!
The Gaîté Lyrique is certainly a space dedicated to collaboration and communication between different creative disciplines such as theatre, music, performance, electronic games, and the internet. Other mediums such as workshops, debates, short and feature films, documentaries, music videos and library resources are also used in the displays and in providing accessible and interesting information to the centre’s visitors… So I wasn’t surprised in the slightest when someone told me that it is the first time children and teenagers are bringing their parents to a museum!
Furthermore, the centre’s annual calendar is extremely diverse and eclectic with a focus on new generations but also with many exhibits from renowned and celebrated artists.
The Creative Shop is where you can buy some cool merchandise … I found my Atari here along with more than 200 other original items.
The Historical Foyer Bar is a registered historic monument in Paris. This room is a real mix of generations, lit by four chandeliers and with two bars it makes a great location for a quick pit stop.
The Sound Room – A touch sensitive mat that creates different sounds when you walk on it which are played on the 9 speakers in the room!
The Studios which remind me of when I used to work as a film costume designer. There are 3 multimedia studios dedicated to video, music and electronic arts which are open to artists and those participating in the workshops.
Even more… 700 illuminated areas, 320 EtherSound loudspeakers, 101 LED blocks, 70 RFID motion detector antennas…
Take a look at www.gaite-lyrique.net !
- La Gaîté Lyrique
- 3 Bis, rue Papin
- 75003 Paris
- Tel: +33(0)1 53 01 52 00