Seeing in the Dark: imitating the dog

Peer into a cinema from the past in Seeing in the Dark, a brand-new digital installation from “multimedia daredevils” (The Times) imitating the dog.

Inspired by the Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive project based at Lancaster University, funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), Seeing in the Dark invites you to explore how cinema mimics and makes memories, as film projection, time, and the viewing experience collide in this evocative, immersive artwork.

Three simple boxes stand on plinths – yet each offers a unique experience. Take a look through the viewing windows for a heady glimpse of cinema days gone by.

Scale models, whirring film reels, original music compositions, recorded reproductions of heritage films and echoing real voices from the archive all come together as a ‘memory machine’, conjuring into life the whisper of a classic cinema programme projected onto a miniature screen.

A fun homage to captivating moments in cinema history and a moving reflection on the sensation of film-watching, Seeing in the Dark is a special trip to the flicks that you won’t want to miss.

Seeing in the Dark is free to view in Lancaster University Library at the Library Festival on the 23rd and 24th of September, a two-day festival featuring interactive exhibitions, activities, talks, comedy and live music in the library and online.

**If you are interested in meeting with the director about this project and sharing your thoughts about cinema with other members of your family, take a look at this opportunity on the 25 Sept.  **


  • 23 Sep - 24 Sep 2022
  • Image credit: Darren Andrews
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