Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View

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Through a series of detailed historical case studies, Alison Griffiths explores the uncanny and unforgettable visceral power of the medieval cathedral, the panorama, the planetarium, the IMAX theater, and the science museum. Examining these structures as exemplary spaces of immersion and interactivity, Griffiths reveals the sometimes surprising: antecedents of modern media forms, suggesting the spectator's deepseated desire to become. Immersed in a virtual world. Shivers Down Your Spine demonstrates how immersive and interactive museum display techniques such as large video displays, reconstructed environments, and touch-screen computer interactives have redefined the museum space, fueling the opposition between public and private, science and spectacle, civic and corporate interests, voice and text, and life and death. In her remarkable study of sensual spaces, Griffiths explains why, for centuries, we keep coming back for more.
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Editorial Reviews

Museum Anthropology Review - Randolph Lewis
With this volume, Griffiths has established herself as one of the most ambitious scholars now straddling the various fields that comprise visual studies.
Technology and Culture - Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska
Beautifully illustrated... fascinating... engaging.
This is a scholarly, in-depth study of an important aspect of museum exhibitions today... Highly recommended.

This is a scholarly, in-depth study of an important aspect of museum exhibitions today... Highly recommended.

Museum Anthropology Review
With this volume, Griffiths has established herself as one of the most ambitious scholars now straddling the various fields that comprise visual studies.

— Randolph Lewis

Technology and Culture
Beautifully illustrated... fascinating... engaging.

— Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231129886
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Film and Culture Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,159,923
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Griffiths is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York, and a member of the Ph.D. Program in Theater at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture, which won the Katherine S. Kovács Award for the best published book in film and media studies. In 1999 Griffiths was awarded a Felix Gross Award for outstanding scholarship and in 2000 and 2002 she received a Eugene Lang Fellowship.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. I From Cathedral to Imax Screen: Case Studies in Immersive Spectatorship

1 Immersive Viewing and the "Revered Gaze" 15

2 Spectacle and Immersion in the Nineteenth-Century Panorama 37

3 Expanded Vision IMAX Style: Traveling as Far as the Eye Can See 79

4 "A Moving Picture of the Heavens": Immersion in the Planetarium Space Show 114

Pt. II Museums and Screen Culture: Immersion and Interactivity Over Centuries

5 Back to the (Interactive) Future: The Legacy of the Nineteenth-Century Science Museum 159

6 From Daguerreotype to IMAX Screen: Multimedia and IMAX at the Smithsonian Institution 195

7 Film and Interactive Media in the Museum Gallery: From "Roto-Radio" to Immersive Video 232

8 Conclusion 283

Notes 289

Filmography 335

Bibliography 337

Index 357

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