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Past editions/2021/Embrace!

Charles Sandison

29, 30 and 31 October
From 8pm to midnight

Façade of the Royal Palace

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Charles Sandison brings the Royal Palace to life with this installation. In an immersive experience, light is projected onto both the façade of the building and the public. This ever-changing panoramic artificial intelligence forms a collage of faces, words, signs, and symbols, in an epic living poem that celebrates conversation, communication and citizenship.

This memorable experience in constant motion reacts to the surrounding architecture and the coming and going of the public. The result is an intimate, wordless embrace, a sense of belonging, participation and connection. Without a beginning or an end, the projection invites the audience to stop and share this peaceful visual moment in the company of others. In this way, art becomes the connection between the individual and the city; it is an embrace brimming with knowledge and emotion.

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Royal Palace: commissioned by Philip V of Spain, this palace is one of the largest in the world and is located on the site of the Alcázar Real Palace, ravaged by a fire in 1734. In 1738, construction work began on a new Baroque building according to the tastes of the era, with clear neoclassical influences. Its vaulted structure was constructed from stone and brick. The use of wood was avoided to ensure it could never be destroyed by fire.

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