Shadow Play [interactive]

Australia, 2020

Object On display
A view of two gallery walls, one with a green tinged circle and the other with a square screen with cloudy background and black stick figure that's reflected in the green circle
Photo: Gareth Sobey

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.

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16 February 2031

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The Story of the Moving Image → Moving Pictures → MI-01. Light and Shadow → MI-01-AV01

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