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Explosions, sex & murder: at talk about mobile technologies and cinema heritage


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Charlotte Crofts introduces two recent smartphone apps which explore cinema history in the places where it actually happened: Curzon Memories App and The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park including World War 2 bombings, snogging in the back row and the Odeon cinema haunted by the ghost of Parrington Jackson, shot in 1946 during a screening of The Light That Failed, at the exact moment that gunshots went off on the screen... please note that this is a pdf of a powerpoint that had audio and video - links to the video are available but the audio is not available. Both apps are available on iTunes App Store and optimised for iOS6 (and Curzon Memories is also available on Android) and have an "armchair" mode for remote access to most of the content.

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Explosions, sex & murder: at talk about mobile technologies and cinema heritage

  1. 1. ‘“Old Wine in New Bottles”:Researching Cinema Heritage Through Pervasive Media’ Dr Charlotte Crofts University of the West of England
  2. 2. The End of Cinema is Nigh•  Cinema : Digital (2006)•  ‘Digital Decay’ Moving Image (2008)•  ‘Cinema Distribution in the Age of Digital Projection’ Postscript (2011)•  Godfrey Cheshire / Paulo Cherchi Usai•  Screen heritage beyond the filmic text•  Cinema & the built environment•  Cinema-going & Cinema technologies
  3. 3. Cinema : Digital (2006)
  4. 4. Research Questions•  How do the conditions of production, exhibition and spectatorship change in a mobile media environment and what is the emotional and physical affect and relationship of audiences to these new technologies of seeing? –  Revisiting the Apparatus theory of the 1970s (Baudry, Metz, Heath et al) –  How are we situated as enunciating and enunciated subjects by mobile technologies? –  What might an App-aratus theory be? –  Interface theory / Human Computer Interaction
  5. 5. Research Questions•  How can locative media be used most effectively to engage new audiences for and enhance understanding of moving image culture beyond the filmic text? –  How can locative media be applied creatively to an indoor heritage context? –  How can these innovations be applied to other heritage contexts in the UK and internationally?
  6. 6. The Curzon Memories App
  7. 7. The Curzon Memories App
  8. 8. The Curzon Memories App
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  10. 10. Projection Hero
  11. 11. Projection Hero
  12. 12. Projection Hero
  13. 13. Projection Hero
  14. 14. AHRC REACT ‘Heritage Sandbox’ – City Strata: App Authoring Platform – Cinemapping App – Bristol Cinemas – The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park App•  Sandbox = 3 month rapid-prototyping process•  Creative Economy partner Calvium and Heritage partner Bristol City Council•  Knowledge Exchange and Innovation
  15. 15. Know Your Place
  16. 16. Key points of reference:•  UCLA’s HyperCities project based on ArcGIS database - “travelling back in time to explore historical layers of city spaces in an interactive hypermedia environment : –•  ‘A Time Traveller’s Guide to Bristol’ which uses geographically located archive films : –•  History Pin based on Google maps: –
  17. 17. See also:•  Rebecca Solnit’s, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas – particularly Map No. 3: Cinema City showing Eadweard Muybridges legacy, locations from Hitchcocks Vertigo, and movie theaters past and present.
  18. 18. Cinema City:Muybridge inventing movies, Hitchcock making Vertigo
  19. 19. Rebecca Solnit UC Press Podcast•  “…there were certain things that were meaningful, exciting, strange about San Francisco and about places in general that were better told through maps than through words. For example if I tell you there were ninety-nine murders in San Francisco in 2008, that’s not very exciting. But if I actually show you the maps with the murders mostly on the east side of the city, kind of scattered like buckshot across the geography and you can imagine the particulars of place, and you can see that it happened here, and it happened here and it happened here, it’s much more immediate, visceral and affecting”
  20. 20. Locative Experience Design•  Dialectical montage between physical location, media “content” and user interface.•  Pervasive / ubiquitous / mobile•  Local / regional / specific•  Returning digital arts and humanities to the “particulars of place” / presence / aura
  21. 21. Iterative Design Process•  Single point of interest – Whiteladies Picture House•  Multi point tour – The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park App•  User evaluation of work in progress•  On-site and off-site testing•  Feeding back into the design process
  22. 22. Whiteladies Picture House
  23. 23. Whiteladies Picture House
  24. 24. Whiteladies Picture House
  25. 25. Lost Cinemas of Castle Park
  26. 26. Lost Cinemas of Castle Park
  27. 27. Lost Cinemas of Castle Park
  28. 28. The Olympia / Tatler 1910-1963“I saw my first sub-titled picture shortlyafter I arrived. It was at the Tatler, an arthouse disguised as an exploitation flea pitnear Old Market – a 1939 Claude Autant-Lara comedy called Fric-Frac starringFernandel, Arletty and Michel Simon. Notlong after that I saw my first neo-realistfilm there, Rossellinis Paisa” (PhilipFrench).
  29. 29. The Queens Picture House 1910-1933
  30. 30. The Odeon 1938-present
  31. 31. Lost Cinemas of Castle Park
  32. 32. “What, the curtains?” VALIE EXPORT Tap & Touch Cinema (1968) Dennis Göttel 2008/nyar/goettel, citing Laura Marks, The Skin of the Film
  33. 33. Social Media
  34. 34. Key Findings•  Social media is compelling•  Ability to comment / add to the database•  Call to action to use the app important•  Magic moments – when app interacts with location•  Necessity for ‘Arm chair’ mode to be equally compelling
  35. 35. Future Developments•  Flea Pit – portable Projection Hero•  Potential AHRC bids – To extend the Cinemapping App •  Liverpool City in Film / Cinema Treasures – To develop the City Strata Platform •  Work with developers & academics to create other ‘layers’ •  Explore a drag and drop interface to make content management more accessible•  REACT ‘Objects Sandbox’ 2014…
  36. 36. Dr Charlotte Crofts #curzonmemoriesapp #lostcinemas @cinemapping