1/12 - ACMI Exhibition
A look at the different ways we've captured image through time.
2/12 - ACMI Exhibition: The Lens
The Lens is a free, handheld, take-home device that lets you collect artworks and objects from the exhibition.
3/12 - ACMI Exhibition: Yanmeeyarr by Vicki Couzens
For thousands of generations in Australia, First Peoples storytelling has harnessed the movement of the world and play of light.
4/12 - ACMI Exhibition: Pepper's ghost effect, triangles, cyan and red
Pepper’s ghost was an early special effect that projected ghosts onto theatre stages through light and reflection. Installation by Taree Mackenzie.
5/12 - ACMI Exhibition: Cuphead by Studio MDHR
The installation uses spinning movement and strobe lights to animate characters from Studio MDHR's videogame.
6/12 - ACMI Exhibition
There are a range of historical film cameras and devices to see how far we've come in film.
7/12 - ACMI Exhibition
Take a walk down memory lane with costumes and memorabilia from decades past.
8/12 - ACMI Exhibition: The Edit Line
This experience combines physically editing film and digital editing on screen.
9/12 - ACMI Exhibition: 1980s Australian TV Miniature, by Emily Boutard
The miniature TV rooms come complete with working TV sets. This one is an ode to the 80s Pool Room.
10/12 - ACMI exhibition: 1990s Australian TV Miniature, by Emily Boutard
The miniature TV rooms come complete with working TV sets. This one is an ode to the quintessential 90s teen's TV room.
11/12 - ACMI Exhibition
There is a section of the exhibition dedicated to gaming of all eras and all consoles.
12/12 - ACMI Exhibition
There's plenty to explore in New Galleries 1 & 2
The new centrepiece exhibition follows the Story of the Moving Image – a journey through the past, present, and future of visual entertainment.
And the best part about the new centrepiece exhibition is you can collect and capture fragments of the exhibition using The Lens to take home with you.
The Lens is a free, handheld, take-home device that lets you collect artworks and objects from the exhibition. By tapping the Lens icon on an installation (like you would 'tap on’ with a myki), it curates everything you collect into a bespoke online collection you can explore more at home.
A walk-through begins with a visual installation titled Yanmeeyarr (Flickering in the firelight) by prominent local First Nations artist, Vicki Couzens . This sets the scene for the humble beginnings of moving images; where light and shadow were used to tell stories.
Moving on you’ll see the different cinematic eras, production styles and creative processes of Australian film and television, and finish with the enchanting possibilities of where the future of visual storytelling and entertainment might take us.
The Story of the Moving Image centrepiece exhibition is an immersive one too, with a myriad of interactive experiences you can take part in that feel incredibly current. Like the booth where you can film and print your own flipbook, reminiscent of viral TikTok dances. Or the Edit Line; a storyboard wall with gif-length snippets of film and tv quotes you can move around to create wild, viral-worthy mashups.
If you're thinking of visiting the newly refurbished ACMI in Fed Square, here are our top pics from the centrepiece exhibition:
Australian TV Miniatures – by Emily Boutard
A display made up of six televisions…until you look a little closer. Inside you’ll find miniature dioramas of lounge rooms from different decades, showing how television fit into our everyday lives.
Move physical story-board pieces of bite-size quotes from famous films and TV series to trigger edits on a large screen. With more than 100 pieces to pick from, you won’t make the same edit twice, and you can take all of them home on your Lens!
The Memory Garden
A pure moment of serenity within the exhibition, the Memory Garden projects beams of light from the ceiling, showing Australian home videos that animate when you hold out your hands.
Before you leave the exhibition, use the Lens to trigger your Constellation; a galaxy showing not just what you’ve collected on your travels, but the interconnectedness of screen media curated by ACMI staff.
While we highly recommend a visit to ACMI itself, we realise this isn’t possible for everyone.
And that’s okay! Because you can still explore the Story of the Moving Image on their website no matter where you are.