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14 June - 3D: Yesterday and Today

When? 14 June, 10:00-19:00
Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
Booking: Tickets purchased in advance online (£15 or £10 student concession) cover both the Thursday and Friday events.  For more information on purchasing tickets, please visit:

Contemporary technological developments have led scholars to look backwards as much as forwards, not only to contextualise their innovation, but also to question distinctions that were once seen as foundational.  Photography today, for example, dissolves the border between still and moving images, and as we look back to early photography, we might see the divide that sent cinema on a path of incessant linearity and froze photography in an end game with the instant as a mere diversion, however long it may have lasted.  Similarly, the resurgence of 3D cinema suggests that it would be fruitful not only to look at its historical evolution, but to also ask questions about the relationship between the screen image and the world it would copy.  We might ask whether, along with sound and colour, a third dimension adds one more missing element to satisfy a need for total realism, as Bazin argued, or question whether a perfect copy of reality was what we wanted from the cinema after all.  Does the incursion of the image out of the screen and into our space act as yet another in a series of intrusions into or fusions with our live action world?  If 3D cinema is inevitable, what are we to do with the fact that moving image screens are everywhere?