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Immersion – new media and old ambitions

Ian Christie*email-imageIan Christie*

Ian Christie is a media historian and curator, currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in 2006 and has been a visiting professor and fellow at universities in Oxford, Tampa, Stockholm, Canberra, Paris and Olomouc, and at Gresham College London 2017–21. He has written books on Powell and Pressburger, Russian cinema, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam; and most recently Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (2020, University of Chicago Press) and The Eisenstein Universe (Christie & Vassilieva 2021, Bloomsbury). Among the exhibitions he has contributed to are Modernism: Designing a New World (V&A London, 2006) and Revolution: Russian Art 1917–32 (Royal Academy, 2017). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

email-image i.christie@bbk.ac.uk

Abstract

As immersive exhibitions and entertainments have become fashionable, it should be remembered that they have a long history, stretching back to the panoramas of the 18th century and the many optical novelties of the Victorian era, leading up to cinema and subsequent attempts to make this a more immersive experience. More recently, the concepts of cyberspace and the metaverse have been imported from science fiction to describe virtual experiences now available through digital media. Remediation theory should explain these, as well as their evident popularity, yet cultural and aesthetic hostility to such spatial illusions is almost as old as the new media themselves, and has reappeared in response to immersive exhibitions.

Keywords

immersivepanoramastereoscopiccyberspacemetaverseremediationspace
Published on: 22 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: Issue 1 & 2
Article ID: a03
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Christie, (2024), ' Immersion – new media and old ambitions ', Journal of the British Academy, 12(Issue 1 & 2): a03 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/012.a03

Research article

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Immersion – new media and old ambitions

Ian Christie*email-imageIan Christie*

Ian Christie is a media historian and curator, currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in 2006 and has been a visiting professor and fellow at universities in Oxford, Tampa, Stockholm, Canberra, Paris and Olomouc, and at Gresham College London 2017–21. He has written books on Powell and Pressburger, Russian cinema, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam; and most recently Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (2020, University of Chicago Press) and The Eisenstein Universe (Christie & Vassilieva 2021, Bloomsbury). Among the exhibitions he has contributed to are Modernism: Designing a New World (V&A London, 2006) and Revolution: Russian Art 1917–32 (Royal Academy, 2017). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

email-image i.christie@bbk.ac.uk