Before you head home to start exploring what you’ve collected at ACMI, use your Lens to trigger the Constellation, a large-scale digital experience at the end of our centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image.
A galaxy of screen media bursts to life when the Lens and Constellation collide, revealing the fascinating streams of interconnected content that’s been expertly curated by our staff. So, if you’ve ever wondered how The Wizard of Oz connects to Cuphead, or the relationship between The Simpsons and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, don’t leave before experiencing the cosmos of connected content.
Start connecting the dots with these Constellations
This Constellation explores how light and shadow – the core of the moving image – has long been used by First Peoples to tell stories from the past, present and future through a series of connected artworks and documentaries.
The effects of social media on people and politics is examined in a series of connections that network videogames, documentaries, the Capitol insurgency and The Truman Show.
From cult classic Grey Gardens to Kim Kardashian, explore how early documentary techniques have been appropriated by reality TV.
Though zoetropes were invented way back in the Victorian era, their popularity continues to this day, with an ongoing association with animated masterpieces, terrifying horror films and even Toy Story 2.
It took a while to see female action heroes on screen, but you could say the predecessor to Alien’s Ellen Ripley, Mad Men’s Peggy Olsen and Deborah Mailman in Total Control can actually be traced back to the late 19th century and magic lantern performances of Jane Conquest.
Ned Kelly's famous armour has appeared in many films, but the criminal myth speaks to how audiences have always been captivated by true-crime stories, from the beginning of cinema to today.
The fake blood used by costume designer Edie Kurzer in Judy & Punch is connected to a long, bloody lineage in cinema that includes The Shining, Carrie, Kill Bill and Little Monsters.
The godfather of computer Alan Turing probably didn’t realise his early inventions into AI would end up with androids being sexualised on screen, but here we are. This Constellation boots up the connections between films that feature lurid and alluring AI creations.
By linking historical horror and bloody fantasy series with documentaries about the injustices faced by Black Americans and First Peoples, this Constellation illuminates how genre stories and factual media can be used to re-examine race and interrogate white supremacy.