The library at night

  • 12/10
    Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
    Start in 12:00

About performance

The Library at Night

As part of the festivities surrounding the Grand Bibliothèque’s 10th anniversary, Ex Machina has created, based on an original idea by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, an exhibition inspired by Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night. In this work, the Argentine-born Canadian author addresses the philosophical, logical, architectural and social dimensions that underlie any library’s existence. Multifaceted, The Library at Night offers visitors a museum-like, design-based and virtual immersion experience.

The Ex Machina team offers a personalized scenography with 10 libraries, real or imagined, an invitation to take a journey from Sarajevo to Mexico and from Alexandria to the bottom of the sea on board the Nautilus, by means of virtual reality.

Upon entering the first room, the visitor discovers a reproduction of Alberto Manguel’s library. This initial step allows the visitor to enter the author’s universe while adjusting to the relative darkness of the exhibition.

The second room, the forest, is the heart of the scenographic experience. Wandering through this wooded landscape, the visitor encounters a space that contrasts with the order and rigour that characterize libraries. There the visitor will find stations where, by means of glasses using a 360° immersion technology, he will be transported to a virtual reality. This project uses a 360° video immersion technology.

This exhibition is a voyage through time, and around the world, to 10 mythic places—an immersive and sensory adventure that involves both our intelligence and our memory.

Project language – Russian

Session duration – 0:45

Tickets to exhibition will be available at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (MАММ) on the date of visit. 

Sessions schedule: 

12:00 / 12:20 / 12:40 / 13:00 / 13:20 / 13:40 / 14:00 /
14:20 / 14:40 / 15:00 / 15:20 / 15:40 / 16:00 / 16:20 /
16:40 / 17:00 / 17:20 / 17:40 / 18:20 / 18:40 / 19:00 /
19:20 / 19:40 / 20:00 / 20:20

The exibition goes from 12:00 to 22:20 

Age limit – 12+

The exibition was organized by Multimedia Art Museum and State museum-exibition centre "ROSIZO" 

Multimedia Art Museum 
st. metro Kropotkinskaya / ул. Остоженка, 16

Photos © Stéphane Bourgeois



  • Director — Robert Lepage
  • Co designer and creative director — Steve Blanchet
  • Author, co designer and narrator — Alberto Manguel
  • Set designer — Marie-Renée Bourget Harvey
  • assisted by — Marie Mc Nicoll
  • Sound design — Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Light design — Light Factor
  • Visual effects — Volta
  • VFX Supervisor — Nicolas-Denis Robitaille
  • Head of Compositing - 2D Compositing Supervisor — Nathalie Girard
  • Lead 3D artist — Éric Maltais
  • Matte painter — Richard Bergeron
  • Director of the photography — Sébastien Gros
  • Production director — Julie Marie Bourgeois and Catherine Comeau
  • assisted by — Valérie Lambert
  • Technical directors — Michel Gosselin / Pauline Schwab
  • assisted by — Dominique Hawry


The Library at Night was designed and produced by Ex Machina, based on an original idea by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.