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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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Touching Images

Touching Images

(p.124) Chapter Ten Touching Images
The Museum as a Cinematic Space

Elisa Mandelli

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses a number of audio-visual interactive devices in which the movement of the images plays a crucial role. In many contemporary museums, there are few press-buttons devices or objects to be touched or handled. Rather, visitors have to touch moving images themselves, whose surface acts as an interface between the spectator and the representation. The technological component is thus concealed in favour of a seemingly “natural” interaction. Interactive tables, which are widespread in museums today, are an emblematic example of this tendency: the chapter analyses relevant cases, such as the interactive table at the Churchill Museum (London, UK).

Keywords:   Touch, Press-buttons Devices, Images’ Surface, Churchill Museum

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