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The dark ride : The history of the thematic ride as a unique model for new media and cinematic installation

Zika, Joel 2009, The dark ride : The history of the thematic ride as a unique model for new media and cinematic installation, in Vital signs : Revisited. Proceedings of the Media Art Scoping Symposium, Faculty of VCA and Music, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 124-132.

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Title The dark ride : The history of the thematic ride as a unique model for new media and cinematic installation
Author(s) Zika, Joel
Conference name Media Art Scoping. Symposium (2009 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 4 Jul. 2009
Title of proceedings Vital signs : Revisited. Proceedings of the Media Art Scoping Symposium
Editor(s) Thomas, Paul
Publication date 2009
Conference series Media Art Scoping Symposium
Start page 124
End page 132
Total pages 9
Publisher Faculty of VCA and Music, University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary This research examines the translation of the visual language of cinema into a spatial experience. An investigation into early moving images reveals the role that amusement parks played in exploring narratives using architectural spaces. The exegesis will address the history of entertainments, in particular the ‘dark ride’, which have an emphasis on narrative over and above effect.

Extensive field research was undertaken including historical sites across the east coast of the US, in search of new approaches to new media. Over twenty key popular entertainments were experienced first-hand, from Coney Island’s legendary ‘Spookarama’, to the earliest dark ride in operation, ‘The Old Mill’ at Kennywood in Pittsburgh.
ISBN 9780980718607
Language eng
Field of Research 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2009, University of Melbourne
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065209

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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