In Washington, D.C., a Museum Gets a Cinematic Makeover

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In Washington, D.C., a Museum Gets a Cinematic Makeover In Washington, D.C., a Museum Gets a Cinematic Makeover
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In Washington, D.C., a Museum Gets a Cinematic Makeover

by Julie Ma

March 4, 2012
Aitken’s project is the first-ever work of 360-degree cinema to be presented in a continuous, cylindrical format. Its sequences will be presented in myriad ways: sometimes seamless, other times in pieces, reflected from each other, or in a cubist style. The multimedia presentation separates itself from traditional movies, Brougher says, because it is a public, interactive piece. Rather than the screen creating a stagnant space for viewers to sit still and enter the fictional world presented, the outdoor exhibition becomes a part of the urban environment and demands audience participation, requiring the viewer to move around the building to fully experience the installation. 
"It’s not so much the building being used as a cinema screen; the architecture itself is being turned into music and given a tempo which has been derived from the architecture, flowing out through images and sound into the spaces around the museum," Brougher says. "This may be one of the most major uses of architecture as cinema. It’s architecture, cinema, music, public art—all together into one piece.”
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