he says: /[...]/
Take me to the movies
’Cause I love to sit in the dark...
The Cinema Project.
The Cinema Project is led by two arts-based researchers – Christian Fröhlich and Johanna Digruber – and complemented by three additional researchers – Carola Dertnig, Michael Stadler and Niels Wouters.
The value of going to the movies, sitting in the dark (together) and experiencing the cinema situation is still considered to be a key phenomenon of media perception in the modern world. This project aims to establish artistic research concerning the fact that “cinema” is not solely the film itself, but contains the whole situation in which the film is projected: the dark hall, the white canvas, the light beams hitting the canvas, reflecting the light, slightly illuminating the space in front, the permanent change of light and darkness, sound and silence, the “inoccupation of bodies“ within the space, viewers cocooned in their seats. Within this research project we will demonstrate that the most impressive cinema experience one can imagine, is an empty, carefully illuminated white canvas inside a movie theatre, unveiled by an opened curtain. We argue: No filmic performance can ever reach this.
The experiments will take place in selected movie theatres in Vienna and will be either recorded via videography or performed live for the public in the Invisible Cinema of the Austrian Film Museum. The selection of movie theatres is based on the typology of the cinemas. We are looking for so-called “Ladenkinos” (Nickelodeons), which are usually set up in converted storefronts. While in other European cities, cinemas were installed in their respective buildings from the very beginning, Vienna established so-called “Ladenkinos”, located in abandoned street shops, restaurants and former narrow business stores and which marked the first years of Viennese cinema. This tradition has been continued and is still visible in well-known examples, such as the Vienna Film Casino. All chosen cinemas have two characteristics in common: the entrance is located within a converted facade and the cinema space is inside the building block.
- Peter Kubelka and the Invisible Cinema
- Architecture and the cinema space
- Atmospheres in Architecture
- Video Paintings
- Theaters – Lichtspiele
- A Cinematic Atopia
- The Cinema Situation