deep space public imaging

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has been designed with a number of arcades that thread through the building, from Federation Square to Flinders Street. As part of the visitor's screen experience at ACMI, these arcades boast over 30 screens that display a changing array of content.

Public Imaging at ACMI is a montage project, allowing a gradual accumulation of screen experiences as the visitor strolls the ACMI public arcades. The sequences are chosen with reference to the thematic explorations that occur throughout ACMI. Many talented emerging filmmakers have been commissioned to create content especially for these silent screens.

A mixture of plasmas, LCDs and projections, the Public Imaging screens aim to take the visitor on new, unexpected journeys through the lenses of both historical and contemporary filmmaking.

As part of the Deep Space exhibition, the Public Imaging screens currently display an array of work that explores deep space, astronomical space, architectural space, urban space and the ways in which the moving image can both slow down and speed up time itself.


Expectant Spaces Image:
Expectant Spaces
Ben Speth

Ben Speth's Expectant Spaces - still, ghostly and enigmatic images of spaces of waiting or anticipation, including hospital emergency rooms, bus shelters, classrooms, dental waiting rooms and car parks.

Casual Menace Image:
Casual Menace
Simon Terrill and Simon Price

Simon Terrill and Simon Price's Casual Menace is a series of three interrelated DVD loops featuring footage gathered from a series of hitchhiking experiments in video across Australia. Using DV Cam and Super 8, they create a biological narrative of the road where three zones of the freeway - Human, Machine and Landscape - meet in a sequence of intertwining relationships.

Federation Square timelapse footage shows the various stages of building this iconic square of Melbourne as the seasons and passage of time are collapsed into a flurry of movement and activity.

Wormholes Image:
Gregory Godhard

Gregory Godhard's camera in Wormholes breaches space-time as it bores through urban spaces in a looped, concertinaed movement - first forward and then back in retreat. The term wormhole in astronomy refers to a tunnel between regions in space, entered via a black hole.

Planetary Vision's Cosmic Zoom is a breath-taking digital animation that takes us on a journey from the top of the Empire State Building to the edge of the known universe, across planetary surfaces, and through atmospheres, stars, and galaxies.

First Touch is an exploratory visual journey into the archives of the extraordinary images that accompanied the first landing of American astronauts on the moon's surface.

Jean Cocteau's interpretation of the Orpheus legend in Orphée takes the poet (Jean Marais) from contemporary Paris to a mysterious chateau ruled by an imperious princess (Maria Casares). Heralded as a cinema of pure poetic inspiration, Cocteau's visually seductive blend of fatalism, rhapsody and modernism takes us on a journey into the darkness of the underworld.

Mysterious images of exploding particles shifting and mutating in space in Rapatronic have been created by special effects innovators VCE, the company responsible for the special effects in blockbuster films such as Men in Black and A Beautiful Mind.

Seoungho Cho's work is a painterly observation of pedestrian traffic through a revolving door, which finds a counterpoint in the flickering of a candle flame. As separate lives are blurred with the energy of constant movement, individuals merge into an abstracted space of urban sounds and coloured light.

Le Voyage dans la Lune

Le Voyage dans la Lune
George Melies

George Melies Le Voyage dans la Lune (1904) comprises 30 separate scenes, each of which were acted out on a custom-built stage. Not only one of the first science fiction films, this is also a comedy about what humans might find on the moon. The Public Imaging screens will also be showing two other early films exploring Melies' magical visions of the cosmos, Voyage Travers l'Impossible and The Eclipse.

Opus 1 Image:
Opus I
Walter Ruttman

Walter Ruttman's Opus I, Opus II, Opus III and Opus IV are landmark silent experimental works, and some of the earliest to explore the potential of cinema to challenge new understandings of space, time and motion.

Diagonal Symphony and Rhythmus 21 are two early films by avant-garde filmmakers Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter who, like Ruttman, Moholy-Nagy and Len Lye, used cinema as a new medium for testing the boundaries of sensation and perception.

Dates   16 October 2002 - 27 January 2003, daily 10am-6pm
Admission   Free
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