A site-specific response to the abandoned outdoor movie theatre in Zagreb, Ljetno kino Tuškanac, this work probes the origins of the cinema and its adaptation as a new kind of territory or landscape. Cinemascape investigates the beginning of our relationship to the time image and the screen, as well as the experience of seeing and the magic of simulation.
At Tuskanac, amidst over 300 rusted seat brackets and a graffitied projection booth, a giant plaster movie screen still stands in beautiful decay – itself in the midst of being reclaimed by nature within this wooded patch. Here is a technostalgic landscape which reminds us of the golden age of cinema, that powerful moment when we adopted the screen into our horizon as a part of our reality. Cinemascape is about the new landscape, mediated experiences, its about cinema, and exists as a contemporary intervention into this land plot which appears as the ruins of some lost civilization or great empire that came crashing down. In like manner, it exists as a kind of evidence of the permanence and importance we placed on cinema, a reminder of the prophetic moment when we unknowingly marked the cinema as gatekeeper of the window into a world of simulation – the magic and optical illustion of reality at 24 frames per second.
Exhibited during Device_art exhibition, the work consists of a projector powered by solar panels installed atop the old projection booth. The short projected piece will screen each night and continues to loop for one hour.