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Erkki Huhtamo's New Book Illusions in Motion Published!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Professor Erkki Huhtamo's new book Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles has been just published by the MIT Press.

It is a major exploration of media culture between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries. The centerpoint is the moving panorama, once a hugely popular media spectacle which has been nearly completely forgotten. The book brings it back to living memory, also discussing its relationships with other spectacles such as dioramas and magic lantern shows. It also investigates how panoramas inspired writers, scientists, philosophers and cultural commentators. The work took more than a decade to research and write, and is meant as a demonstration of what a media-archaeological approach can achieve. The book is richly illustrated with material from Huhtamo's media-archaeological collections, and was magnificently designed by UCLA Design Media Arts Chair Willem Henri Lucas and Jon Gacnik.

It took Erkki Huhtamo more than 10 years of his life to publish this book. It is a major contribution to the cultural and historical understanding of different kind of panoramas and related art and media forms. For more see: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/illusions-motion

The MIT Press blog has also published a long interview in which Professor Huhtamo discusses the book and the process of writing it. It can be found at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/qa-erkki-huhtamo