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

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From the architectural spectacle of the medieval cathedral and the romantic sublime of the nineteenth-century panorama to the techno-fetishism of today's London Science Museum, humans have gained a deeper understanding of the natural world through highly illusionistic representations that engender new modes of seeing, listening, and thinking. What unites and defines many of these wondrous spaces is an immersive view-an invitation to step inside the virtual world of the image and...

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Overview

From the architectural spectacle of the medieval cathedral and the romantic sublime of the nineteenth-century panorama to the techno-fetishism of today's London Science Museum, humans have gained a deeper understanding of the natural world through highly illusionistic representations that engender new modes of seeing, listening, and thinking. What unites and defines many of these wondrous spaces is an immersive view-an invitation to step inside the virtual world of the image and become a part of its universe, if only for a short time.

Since their inception, museums of science and natural history have mixed education and entertainment, often to incredible, eye-opening effect. Immersive spaces of visual display and modes of exhibition send "shivers" down our spines, engaging the distinct cognitive and embodied mapping skills we bring to spectacular architecture and illusionistic media. They also force us to reconsider traditional models of film spectatorship in the context of a mobile and interactive spectator.

Through a series of detailed historical case studies, Alison Griffiths masterfully 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 deep-seated 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.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

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

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.

Choice

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231129893
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Film and Culture Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.20 (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

AcknowledgmentsList of IllustrationsIntroductionPart I. From Cathedral to IMAX Screen: Case Studies in Immersive Spectatorship 1. Immersive Viewing and the "Revered Gaze"2. Spectacle and Immersion in the Nineteenth-Century Panorama3. Expanded Vision IMAX Style: Traveling as Far as the Eye Can See4. "A Moving Picture of the Heavens": Immersion in the Planetarium Space ShowPart II. Museums and Screen Culture: Immersion and Interactivity Over Centuries 5. Back to the (Interactive) Future: The Legacy of the Nineteenth-Century Science Museum6. From Daguerreotype to IMAX Screen: Multimedia and IMAX at the Smithsonian Institution7. Film and Interactive Media in the Museum Gallery: From "Roto-Radio" to Immersive Video8. ConclusionNotesFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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