La Gaîté Lyrique is much more than just Paris’ new municipal arts centre. Part showcase, part laboratory it’s an interactive sensorial wonderland – transformed from its original guise by visionary architect Manuelle Gautrand into a homage to all things digital, including art, film, graphics, gaming music and dance.
Launched in March, La Gaîté Lyrique is a huge – 13,000 sq m, 1,400 capacity – space, uniquely devoted to exploring the diverse profusion of digital technologies impacting on visual culture. It has been in the planning for some time and Paris’ mayor Bertrand Delanoë has been a major supporter of the project, which combines education, experimentation and entertainment, since taking up his position in 2001.
“The digital arts are a genuine and developed art form, a reality that we want to showcase by devoting this unique venue to them in the heart of Paris,” states Delanoë. “It’s a form of expression which should be experienced through its multiple dimensions, from design to cinema, from music to live performance.”