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

conference contribution
posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Joel Zika
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.

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Event

Media Art Scoping. Symposium (2009 : Melbourne, Victoria)

Pagination

124 - 132

Publisher

Faculty of VCA and Music, University of Melbourne

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2009-07-04

ISBN-13

9780980718607

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2009, University of Melbourne

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Thomas

Title of proceedings

Vital signs : Revisited. Proceedings of the Media Art Scoping Symposium

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