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Stan VanDerBeek «Movie-Drome» | Interior view
Stan VanDerBeek, «Movie-Drome», 1963
Interior view | © Stan VanDerBeek
Scene inside the hemispherical dome used by VanDerBeek to create prototypes for his multimedia exhibits. orig. printed in Stewart Kranz, Science & Technology in the Arts. A tour through the realm of science + art, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1974, p. 238.

Stan VanDerBeek «Movie-Drome» | Interior viewStan VanDerBeek «Movie-Drome» | Exterior viewStan VanDerBeek «Movie-Drome» | Interior view

Relevant passages:

icon: authorRudolf Frieling «The Archive, the Media, the Map and the Text»

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 Stan VanDerBeek

«Influenced by Buckminster Fuller’s spheres, VanDerBeek had the idea for a spherical theater where people would lie down and experience movies all around them. Floating multi-images would replace straight one-dimensional film projection. From 1957 on, VanDerBeek produced film sequences for the Movie-Drome, which he started building in 1963. His intention went far beyond the building itself and moved into the surrounding biosphere, the cosmos, the brain and even extraterrestrial intelligence.»

(source: Jürgen Claus in Leonardo, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2003, p. 229.)