Still Moving, Early Cinema | Outdoor Multi-Projector Screening by Tom Whiteside


Sun Apr 21 2024 at 08:15 pm


Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University | Durham, NC

Film Screening:
Still Moving, Early Cinema
--An outdoor multi-projector screening by Duke artists Tom Whiteside, Xueyan Han, and Alaric Zhou.
The earliest motion pictures were seen not as a narrative medium but simply as a special subset of photography, a familiar window onto the world but one with a dynamic new development - the images moved. Audiences were familiar with projected images, as magic lantern shows had been presenting projected photographs for decades. But when the pictures started to move everything changed. A new world opened up - the articulated depiction of movement was, paradoxically, made possible by the projection of still images that were shown, very rapidly, in sequence. “Living pictures” they were sometimes called.
Still Moving, Early Cinema is a site-specific multi-screen event presenting films from the first decade of cinema, 1895-1905. The images will move, but they will also stop. Still pictures and motion pictures - same thing, only different.
Tom Whiteside, an experimental filmmaker and film historian, has been showing films under the Durham Cinematheque flag since 1991. His films have been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and many other venues. He is joined for "Still Moving, Early Cinema" by current Duke MFA/EDA students Xueyan Han and Alaric Zhou.
*The screening begins at sundown (8:15PM) and will be held outside the Rubenstein Arts Center.
Image: "Coney Island at Night," 1905, Edwin S. Porter
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COVID-19 INFO: Screen/Society and the Rubenstein Arts Center adhere to all university, local, and state regulations. Masking is now optional but recommended, but we strongly encourage audience members to be fully vaccinated or have a recent negative PCR test before attending an event.
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Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University, 2078 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708-9940, United States,Durham, North Carolina

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