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The Museum as a Cinematic SpaceThe Display of Moving Images in Exhibitions$
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Elisa Mandelli

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416795

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416795.001.0001

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The Museum and its Spectres

The Museum and its Spectres

(p.91) Chapter Seven The Museum and its Spectres
The Museum as a Cinematic Space

Elisa Mandelli

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses a number of exhibitions that include ghostly apparitions of historical figures, in a modern and high-tech version of the 18th and 19th century Phantasmagoria. This kind of solution is particularly common in history and memory museums, where audio-visual projections of historical characters or testimonies appear, like spectres, to tell their story to visitors. The chapter analyses some relevant case studies, which include Peter Greenaway’s Peopling the Palaces, an artistic audio-visual installation in the historical site of Venaria Reale, in Italy. These kind of audio-visual exhibition strategies create evocative and impressive experiences, intensifying the emotional impact of the exhibitions and the visitors’ involvement.

Keywords:   Phantasmagoria, Spectres, History and Memory Museums, Peter Greenaway, Peopling the Palaces, Venaria Reale

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