The discovery of fire not only banished the darkness and provided warmth to our ancestors, it also allowed them to shape their imagination by projecting shadows.
Relive the origins of the moving image by casting your own shadow as it bends, towers and twists to craft imagined worlds, wonderous characters and incredible tales in this interactive experience that unites ancient storytelling techniques with modern technology.
Our collection comprises over 40,000 moving image works, acquired and catalogued between the 1940s and early 2000s. As a result, some items may reflect outdated, offensive and possibly harmful views and opinions. ACMI is working to identify and redress such usages.
How to watch
In ACMI's collection
On display until
16 February 2031
ACMI: Gallery 1
The Story of the Moving Image → Moving Pictures → MI-01. Light and Shadow → MI-01-AV01