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Screen Worlds at ACMI

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Published August 31st 2013
The Story of Film, Television & Digital Culture
Recently I discovered a permanent free exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) . I had always thought of the ACMI as a place of film festivals, special exhibitions and old films, so it came as a surprise that it also had a permanent exhibition space. The Story of Film, Television & Digital Culture has been running for over 4 years now according to the lady manning the entrance.

ACMI Screen Worlds
Screen Worlds exhibition entrance
It's a huge exhibition that looks at the history of moving image. Not only are there snippets of movies and interviews but there are experiential and interactive displays

A few displays that you must see if you go:-

TY the Tasmanian Tiger TM Zoetrope 2009
ACMI TY the Tasmanian Tiger TM Zoetrope 2009
The stationery TY the Tasmanian Tiger display
- which shows how are eyes and minds are tricked into seeing moving images by using fast moving and spinning models under strobing lights. The display starts with a stationary circular model, then the model begins to spin and becomes blurry then the lights start strobing and suddenly you see the figures moving around and you are no longer aware of the spinning.

The Anthony McCall Installation which I call the "smoke/mist room". The room is dark and there is a mist/smoke/cloud and a point of light in the distance, the shines and changes shape giving a spooky misty atmosphere - it's very effective and you can walk through it and the next person sees part of your body disappearing - very spooky
ACMI Anthony McCall Installation
Inside the Anthony McCall Installation


Shadow Monsters where you use your body to cast shadows that project on to screen and that are ever so slightly altered to give them a sinister appearance

There are games to play, dials to spin and holes to peep through plus more. This is not just for kids, this is for everyone, and prepare to be amazed.

Getting there - Plenty of public access
Parking - is available close by but comes at a cost
Disabled Access friendly - Yes
Kid friendly - Yes
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Why? There's something for everyone and it's free
When: Open daily, 10am to 5pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Phone: 8663 2200
Where: Downstairs from Entry Level at the AMCI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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