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.
The elegant simplicity of the human body in motion has inspired moving image makers since the earliest days of cinema. As part of Transfigure, a selection of artworks will be screened throughout ACMI's Public Imaging screens that explore representations of the body and movement in art, cinema and science. Designed specifically to complement and expand upon the curatorial themes explored in the Screen Gallery, this collection of screen-based works will create the foundation on which visitors can build upon and engage with the Transfigure thematic season.
Mobile Film works by the undisputed father of scientific film, Etienne-Jules Marey. Prefiguring Edward Muybridge, the physician and physiologist became interested in movement at an early stage of his career: the movement of blood as it circulated, the beating heart, muscles and nerves. In an effort to record his observations and capture the mechanics of physical movement, Marey developed the chronophotograph, a precursor to the cinematograph which appeared at the end of the nineteenth century. The original chronophotographic negatives were then transferred onto 35mm film, each frame multiplied and shown several times. The result: a beguiling array of moving images that reveal the motion of the human body through time and space.
Journeying into the mysterious video swamps of medical imaging, Simon Price and Simon Terrill's The Living Rooms sets out to peel back the screens of ACMI and reveal the metallic flesh of the architecture beneath. Using diagnostic footage of internal human worlds, ACMI's Public Imaging screens become windows within the 'living' structures of the ACMI building - revealing the hidden worlds that might lie behind the surface of the screen, the surface of the wall, the surface of the building.
In her exploration of the human condition from internal, external and emotional landscapes, a selection of works by Tina Gonsalves will take us into visceral and psychological screen-scapes through her kaleidoscopic studies on movement, perceptions, and personal space.
Lastly, in an endeavour to transfigure the entire ACMI complex, the Public Imaging screens will also feature additional works by artists represented in the Screen Gallery such as Paul Brown's Where's the Red Wedge and a selection of on-line constructions from Sodaconstructor.