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Seeing in the Dark at BFI Southbank

31st January 2024 by Lauren Randall

We’re ready to peer once again into a cinema from the past, as our immersive, digital installation Seeing in the Dark is making its way to BFI Southbank.

The piece, which originally went out on tour in 2022, will be appearing from February 28 – March 1 and will be free for anyone to take a peek at our miniature cinema models – or ‘memory machines’ – and be transported back in time.

The installation coincides with ‘Exploring Cinema Memory: British Cinemagoing from the 1930s to the present’, an evening of reflections, presentations and discussions of the cinemagoing experience, which takes places on Friday 1 March.

Our very own Andrew Quick will be taking part in the programme of events on that Friday evening to discuss the inspiration and creative journey of Seeing in the Dark – from concept and collaboration with the AHRC-funded Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive project at Lancaster University, to transforming simple boxes into replica cinemas featuring scale models, original compositions, archive voice and recorded reproductions of heritage films.

The event on Friday 1 March is also free for anyone to attend but tickets are limited and anyone interested must book a ticket. For more details, please visit Exploring Cinema Memory.

Seeing in the Dark was created by imitating the dog and is inspired by the Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive (CMDA) at Lancaster University. It was supported by Lancaster Arts and Arts Council England. CMDA, and its associated events, is funded the by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and supported by Lancaster University.

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