Shivers down Your Spine Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View
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Since their inception, museums of science and natural history have mixed education and entertainment to incredible, eye-opening effect. Such modern technologies as touch-screen kiosks, videowalls, 3-D animation, podcasts, and IMAX draw spectators to museums in large numbers, promising a deeper understanding of the natural world through an expansive form of sensual experience. These interactive modes of exhibition send "shivers" down our spines, reflecting the distinct cognitive and visceral mapping skills we bring to spectacular architecture and illusionistic media. Focusing on several historical case studies, Alison Griffiths explores the uncanny and unforgettable impact of the panorama, planetarium, IMAX theater, and the medieval cathedral on the spectator. Through her analysis of the use of space and illusion, Griffiths reveals the sometimes surprising antecedents of our modern forms of media. Even the internet has a phenomenological relationship to technologies that stretch back to medieval times. From the romantic sublime of the nineteenth-century panorama to the techno-fetishism of today's London Science Museum, Shivers Down Your Spinetestifies to the persistent human desire to create highly illusionistic representational experiences that have engendered unique modes of seeing, listening, and thinking over time. Immersive technologies have also redefined the nature of space in museums, fueling the opposition between public and private, science and spectacle, civic and corporate interests, voice and text, and life and death.
List price: $100.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/8/2008
Size: 9.25" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|From Cathedral to IMAX Screen: Case Studies in Immersive Spectatorship|
|Immersive Viewing and the "Revered Gaze"|
|Spectacle and Immersion in the Nineteenth-Century Panorama|
|Expanded Vision IMAX Style: Traveling as Far as the Eye Can See|
|"A Moving Picture of the Heavens": Immersion in the Planetarium Space Show|
|Museums and Screen Culture: Immersion and Interactivity Over Centuries|
|Back to the (Interactive) Future: The Legacy of the Nineteenth-Century Science Museum|
|From Daguerreotype to IMAX Screen: Multimedia and IMAX at the Smithsonian Institution|
|Film and Interactive Media in the Museum Gallery: From "Roto-Radio" to Immersive Video|