05 January 2022
Alice Booth


Are three generations of your family available to try out a new digital art piece by imitating the dog NEXT WEDS (12th Jan) between 4pm and 5pm at a venue in Lancaster City centre? 

We are seeking three families to test imitating the dog’s new digital project, Seeing in the Dark, in the early stages of its development. We want families with a child above the age of 7, a parent and a grandparent to come along.  We can also host an additional child, parent or grandparent, or a different family composition – just let us know more about your family and the number of you that can make it!  

You’ll be invited into a theatre where you’ll find three viewing boxes that contain miniature scale models of classic cinemas.  There, you’ll get to have a 5-minute tiny cinema experience with your family and meet the creative team behind the project.

Afterwards, over tea, juice, and cake, we’d like to ask you all a few questions about your experience.  Your feedback will help us make the digital artwork better for audiences who will see this work in cinema and theatre lobbies across the UK in 2022. And you’ll get to be the first audiences ever to see imitating the dog’s new piece! 

We anticipate there will be a lot of interest in this opportunity, and we can only accommodate three intergenerational families next week.  So, if you are interested, please get in touch ASAP.  

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More about the project: 

imitating the dog are in Lancaster this week, making Seeing in the Dark, their new touring digital installation. The installation combines miniature scale models of cinemas, projection and newly composed music and incorporates filmed reproductions of heritage films, performed by two actors playing all the roles.  The work is made as a response to the materials that make up the archive collection, Cinema, Memory and the Digital Archive Project, based at Lancaster University.

Over the next few days, the company will construct (what appear to be) three anonymous black boxes. These will be placed on three plinths. The boxes will have peepholes, and inside each will be a scale model (at 1:25 scale) of a classic cinema interior. The model is a sort of digital version of a mutoscope – which comes to life when someone looks inside.  What will be seen and heard is whirring film reels, original music, echoes of real voices from the archive and reproductions of heritage films which come together as a ‘memory machine’, conjuring into life the whisper of a classic cinema programme projected onto a miniature screen.

For this project we are working in a completely new way – making theatre/projection work for miniature spaces.  The material and form of this work invokes wonder and the imagination, the past and the future, and as such, we think, lends itself to cross-generational audiences/viewers/participants.  Since we are testing this new form and mode of working, Lancaster Arts’ producers are supporting us to bring a cross-generational ‘test audience’ into our process.  We hope this will provide an opportunity for a fruitful discussion and a range of feedback from generations that all ‘know’ cinema differently”.  

Andrew Quick, Director, imitating the dog

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