From Kinora to Small-Gauge: An Experimental Media Archaeological Approach to Early-Twentieth Century Home Cinema

24 Juni 2021

Research seminar with Tim van der Heijden



In this C²DH research seminar, Tim van der Heijden presents his post-doctoral study within the research project “Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice and Theory” (DEMA). The DEMA project comprises a team of researchers who explore the potential of hands-on experimentation to experience the materiality of past media technologies and achieve a better understanding of their practices of use.

In his research, he is investigating the genealogy of home cinema and amateur moviemaking as early-twentieth century practices. Through hands-on experimentation with the Kinora, one of the first motion picture viewing and recording technologies designed for home use from the 1900s, and various “small-gauge” film technologies from the 1920s and early 1930s, including Pathé-Baby 9.5mm and Kodak 16mm film cameras and projectors, he has been exploring and comparing two different “dispositifs” of home cinema and amateur moviemaking.

The presentation will highlight and reflect on some of these media archaeological experiments, including (1) the making of a home movie with an original Ciné-Kodak 16mm film camera from ca. 1930, and (2) the replication of a Kinora motion picture viewer and reel from ca. 1907 by means of 3D modelling, a project developed in collaboration with staff and students from the Department of Engineering of the University of Luxembourg.



Thursday, 24 June 2021, from 14.00 to 15.00



Online - Webex

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