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Subject: [NetBehaviour] Illusions In Motion | Media Archaeology of the
    Moving Panorama & Related Spectacles.
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Illusions In Motion | Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama & Related 

Book by Erkki Huhtamo.

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, huge circular panoramas 
presented their audiences with resplendent representations that ranged 
from historic battles to exotic locations. Such panoramas were immersive 
but static. There were other panoramas that moved?hundreds, and probably 
thousands of them. Their history has been largely forgotten. In 
Illusions in Motion, Erkki Huhtamo excavates this neglected early 
manifestation of media culture in the making. The moving panorama was a 
long painting that unscrolled behind a ?window? by means of a mechanical 
cranking system, accompanied by a lecture, music, and sometimes sound 
and light effects. Showmen exhibited such panoramas in venues that 
ranged from opera houses to church halls, creating a market for mediated 
realities in both city and country.

In the first history of this phenomenon, Huhtamo analyzes the moving 
panorama in all its complexity, investigating its relationship to other 
media and its role in the culture of its time. In his telling, the 
panorama becomes a window for observing media in operation. Huhtamo 
explores such topics as cultural forms that anticipated the moving 
panorama; theatrical panoramas; the diorama; the “panoramania” of the 
1850s and the career of Albert Smith, the most successful showman of 
that era; competition with magic lantern shows; the final flowering of 
the panorama in the late nineteenth century; and the panorama’s 
afterlife as a topos, traced through its evocation in literature, 
journalism, science, philosophy, and propaganda.

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