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Sep 22
Talk
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
Talk
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
Performance
When the Waves Have Come and Gone Plage des Catalans

Les Lumières: Urban Buffet

BOA Light Studio crowns the Alliance Française in Chicago 's roof with a light sculpture as part of the fourth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB). 
This available space advertises all the unused, run down or vanished commercial billboards as the technological revolution leads to new means of communication. A reference to the “Siècle des Lumières”, the sculpture lights the way for a bold vision : what if the city's available billboards were given a second life to create a denser art presence, making creative speech more accessible to neighborhoods across the city?

On opening night on October 7Philippe Stanfield-Pinel will talk about this project and the challenges of lighting cities. The aim is also to create a dialogue between the public debate conducted in Paris on urban design and contemporary aesthetics, and the wish of the city of Chicago to commission ten works for the public space.

This will be the first talk of our 2021 City/Cité series organized during the Chicago Architecture Biennial by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Great Cities Institute (University of Illinois in Chicago) and the Alliance Française de Chicago.


BOA Light Studio is a fine-arts lighting studio based in Paris, France. They specialize in technically intricate and detail-oriented work that results in a unique sensory experience that brings architecture and storytelling together. “For over a decade, our multidisciplinary collective has been transforming light into a language that can be adapted to various scales. From artistic to functional installations, we design architectural lighting, scenographies and nocturnal landscapes. Our approach is global and each of our projects contributes to its ecosystem. We create tailor-made atmospheres.” --BOA Light Studio
BOA Light Studio has worked on projects such as Le Monde Headquarters and Denver International Airport. You can see more of their work here.
Special thanks to Phillipe Stanfield-Pinel and Nedir Benkhelfia for their work and contributions to this project.

City/Cité is the fifth event in the series, “City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange,” launched by the the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago in 2015 with the support of the Institut Français in Paris in collaboration with partners in France and the Midwest.

The Available City, the 2021 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, is a framework for a collaborative, community-led design approach that presents transformative possibilities for vacant urban spaces that are created with and for local residents. --Chicago Architecture Biennial

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