Presenting evidence from a “speculative archaeological find” in Zadar, Croatia, “Ancient Cinema” is a multimedia installation and transmedia project by Canadian artist Henry Jesionka scheduled to debut in Zadar in June. The piece’s premise — that ancient artifacts recently retrieved from Zadar point to the existence of the world’s first motion picture project.
Jesionka explains his Indiegogo project:
Based on this speculative evidence, “Ancient Cinema” will present a working recreation of an ancient Roman movie projector, projecting the world’s first animated “films.” Along with this groundbreaking discovery, the installation will feature a short documentary about the sourcing and analysis of the artifacts, a comprehensive Website examining the precedents for the Roman projector and other proto-cinematic innovations in the ancient world, and the evidence itself: the original artifacts “discovered” in the flea market. The installation Website will also feature replicas of the ancient Roman coin and glass “animation frames »
- Scott Macaulay