This project was commissioned by Pleasure Dome. The commissioned project was made possible through the generous support of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.
The film "Pilgrimage" shown in the cinema was created by Solomon Nagler and Alexandre Larose.
The film is experienced at the scale of a room, as well as an object in the city.
The cinema was exhibited in three different locations in Toronto over the course of two weeks.
The cinema consists of five components that are taken apart for transportation and connected on site. Each component consists of a steel frame clad in perforated panels that provide different conditions for viewing. A mirror reflects the 16mm projected image onto a frosted acrylic screen. The silhouette of the viewer within the cinema becomes part of the image on the screen as seen by those outside of the cinema.
These plan and section drawings demonstrate how the cinema acts as a spectacle in two directions. The bidirectional nature of the space challenges the user to shed preconceived notions of voyeurism and to explore the relationship between viewer and viewed in a new light.
A tactile pattern in the panels was created using CNC technology to remove material. The pattern is based on the aspect ratio of 16mm film; 1 : 1.33. While most apertures are sunken partially into the panel, some are cut completely through, providing glimpses into the interior. The interior was painted black to provide a dark atmosphere for watching the film, while the white exterior stands in high contrast for visibility during the night.
This scale model was developed as a facade study during design development.
This sketch shows the ideas behind the transportation of the cinema to different sites.
The cinema breaks into five components which can be moved by truck.
Each component gets slid into place and bolted together.
Assembly process on King Street.
Light spills out of the cinema attracting curiosity.
As the door pivots open a glimpse of the inside projected film can be seen. Location tiff.
Viewing a glimpse of the inner workings.
Video by Melanie Wilmink
A frosted acrylic screen allows the viewer to interact with the film at a haptic level. As they touch the screen they become part of the film.
The film looping mechanism is a custom made component, integral to the success of the project.
This sketch shows an early idea of apertures for viewing into the interior.
The tactile aperture pattern was based on 16mm film aspect ratio.
The second location was on Spadina Avenue and was adjacent to the sidewalk.
A moment of unexpected fun on the street.