Dissolving views, memory and sensory experience: The Cosmopoligraphicon or the ‘World in Many Pictures’ in Melbourne, Australia, in 1855

Luckins, Tanja 2016, Dissolving views, memory and sensory experience: The Cosmopoligraphicon or the ‘World in Many Pictures’ in Melbourne, Australia, in 1855, Early popular visual culture, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 267-280, doi: 10.1080/17460654.2016.1204931.

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Title Dissolving views, memory and sensory experience: The Cosmopoligraphicon or the ‘World in Many Pictures’ in Melbourne, Australia, in 1855
Author(s) Luckins, Tanja
Journal name Early popular visual culture
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 267
End page 280
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08-02
ISSN 1746-0654
1746-0662
Keyword(s) Dissolving views
Magic lantern slide shows
Sensory experience
Memory
Audience
Summary While magic lanterns and dissolving views were a global phenomenon in the nineteenth century, scholars are only starting to examine in depth their social dimensions. This article seeks to extend our understanding of dissolving views by analysing the audience sensory experience in a specific historical context – gold rush Melbourne in 1855. It argues that while a Melbourne audience admired the technological wonder of the magic lantern and the dissolving views, their sensory experience was informed by the colonial social context. The audiences appear to have delighted in immersing themselves in the dissolving views, both learning about the world and reacquainting themselves with parts of the (old) world they had left behind. This article further argues that dissolving views were more than a visual spectacle: they actively engaged the senses in ways that gave emotional meanings to the dissolving views and linked a Melbourne gold rush audience with the world left behind, yet still accessible remotely through memory and sensory imagination.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17460654.2016.1204931
Field of Research 190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified
190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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