Illusions in Motion A Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles

ISBN-10: 0262018519
ISBN-13: 9780262018517
Edition: 2013
Authors: Erkki Huhtamo
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/22/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, huge circular panoramas presented theiraudiences with resplendent representations that ranged from historic battles to exotic locations.Such panoramas were immersive but static. There were other panoramas that moved--hundreds, andprobably thousands of them. Their history has been largely forgotten. In Illusions inMotion, Erkki Huhtamo excavates this neglected early manifestation of media culture in themaking. The moving panorama was a long painting that unscrolled behind a "window" by meansof a mechanical cranking system, accompanied by a lecture, music, and sometimes sound and lighteffects. Showmen exhibited such panoramas in venues that ranged from opera houses to church halls,creating a market for mediated realities in both city and country. In the firsthistory of this phenomenon, Huhtamo analyzes the moving panorama in all its complexity,investigating its relationship to other media and its role in the culture of its time. In histelling, the panorama becomes a window for observing media in operation. Huhtamo explores suchtopics as cultural forms that anticipated the moving panorama; theatrical panoramas; the diorama;the "panoramania" of the 1850s and the career of Albert Smith, the most successful showman of thatera; competition with magic lantern shows; the final flowering of the panorama in the latenineteenth century; and the panorama's afterlife as a topos, traced through its evocation inliterature, journalism, science, philosophy, and propaganda.

Erkki Huhtamois Professor of Design : Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.Jussi Parikkais Reader at Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and the author ofDigital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses.

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Preface: The Formation of a Panoramaniac
Introduction: Moving Panorama-A Missing Medium
The Panorama and Things Panoramic
From a Stationary to a Mobile Medium
From the Shadow of the Mighty Rotunda
The Painted, the Performed, and the Discursive Panorama
Tracing the Topoi: The Media Archaeological Approach
From Oblivion to Resurrection: A Road Map
The Incubation Era: Antecedents and Anticipations
Moving Panorama-An Etymological Excavation
Offshoot of the Panorama, or a Form of Visual Storytelling?
Peeping at Picture Rolls
Parklands in Boxes: Carmontelle's Transparencies
Miniature Panoramas: From Popish Plots to Altona's Entertainments
Large as Life, and Moving: The Peristrephic Panorama
The Elusive Messrs. Marshall
The Apparatus According to an Eyewitness
Circularity, Stasis, and Motion-The French Connection
Uncle lack at the Moving Panorama Show
"Perioramas" of the Mind, or the Discursive Dimension
Rolling Across the Stage: The Moving Panorama and the Theater
Spectacle Takes Over: From Servandoni to De Loutherbourg
The Moving Pictures of the Eidophusikon
Eidophusikon, Mechanical Theaters, and the Realm of Spectacles
The Panorama, the Pantomime, and the Art of Heterogeneity
Virtual Voyaging with the Balloon Panorama
The Lure of the Market and Perfection in Invisibility
Transformed by the Light: The Diorama and the "Dioramas"
The Invention and Dissemination of a New Spectacle
The Diorama as a Vision Machine
"This Wondrous Exhibition," or the Diorama's Reception
The Metamorphosis into an Itinerant Attraction
Panoramania: The Mid-Century Moving Panorama Craze
Dry Season on Rainy Islands
The Moving Panorama Penetrates American Culture
John Banvard, or the Making of a Myth
Trips to the World and the Heart: Panoramic Genres in America
The American Invasion of the British Isles
Countering with Quality: British Productions of the Panoramania Era
Panoramania in Practice: Albert Smith and his Moving Panoramas
The Natural History of a Bohemian
At Home on the Overland Trail
The Anatomy of an Alpine Spectacle
Nougat Glac� de Mont Blanc, or Media Marketing
Barnumized?
A Parade of Epigones, or Anonymous Afterlives
An Excavation: The Moving Panorama Performance
Parodying the Panorama
Constructing Continuity
Discontinuity as Strategy
Intermedial Tug of War: Panoramas and Magic Lanterns
By Any Medium Available: The Civil War and the Panorama Trade
The Challenge and Dissemination of Dissolving Views
Panoramas and the Coming of Photography
A War of Discourses
Sensory Bombardment: A Medium's Final Fanfares
The Myriorama as a Roadshow Attraction
The Th�atre Morieux Time Capsule
The Past as Future, or the Panorama Revival
Panoramas, Patents, and the Universal Exposition of 1900
"Vehicular Amplification," or the Quest for Immersion
Imagination in Motion: The Discursive Panorama
Toward a Shadow History of the Moving Panorama
The Literary Absorption of the Moving Panorama
Exercises in Perception: From Stationary to Moving Panoramas
The Cranking God: Panoramas and the Religious Imagination
Mind, Memory, and Consciousness: Panoramic Parables
Conclusion: From Panoramas to Media Culture
Figures on the Screens, or Things Left Unsaid
What Is Media Culture?
From Illusions to Interactions
List of Surviving Moving Panoramas (Compiled with Suzanne Wray and Peter Morelli)
Bibliography
Index

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