An exhibition, titled the story of Film, Television and Digital Culture at the ACMI brings together rare footage, fascinating objects and interactive displays to tell the story of digital revolution.
The journey takes you through the present to the future of screen mediums and digital culture.
The story started in 1893, in Brooklyn, when Thomas Edison unveiled his Kinetoscope, a machine to view short films. These were called peep shows and they remained popular for quite some time with small theaters being set up, with up to five such machines each.
It is really quite interesting to see how the moving images evolved from magic lanterns and shadow puppets leading to 3D animations and reality television shows.
From a history of experiments with light, motion and vision, emerged Cinema as we know of it today.
Lenses had been used by Scientists, for a long time to view things which can’t be seen with a naked eye. Entertainers later used them to project moving images in Cinema.
28th December 1895 is a landmark day, as on this day in Paris, The Lumiere brothers, Louis and Auguste projected a film for the first time for public and 33 people watched it with a lot of amazement and awe. This was a huge improvement over the Kinetoscope, which allowed only one person at a time to view it.
The other exhibits at the venue are Computer games with amazing graphics, Cate Blanchett’s Oscar trophy, her dress, designed by Alexander Byrne in 1998 movie Elizabeth.
There is also the Interceptor Car, designed by Scott Smith, a Mad Max enthusiast. The original, used by Mad Max is modeled on standard 1973 XB Gt Ford Falcon Coupe and is displayed in the Cars of the Star Motor Museum in England.
The exhibition is divided into a number of sections. One houses the history of over 100 years of moving images, arrival of cinema, television, global broadcast, video games and the internet. In the other you can see how the moving images evolved with sound. The spotlight being on actors, directors, scriptwriters, and other screen artists and studios.
You can also see fabulous costumes of Kylie Minogue and props used in Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge.
There is a section housing unique computers, consoles and iPod games.
It surely is a treat watch the growth and future of digital media. I felt bad that I could not spend enough time in it. But that is always the story with travelers like me.