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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, or ACMI, is dedicated to the moving image in all forms. It is located in Federation Square, in Melbourne, Australia, across four levels of the Alfred Deakin Building. ACMI is a state-of-the-art facility purpose-built for the preservation, exhibition and promotion of Victorian, Australian and International screen content.
- 1 Attractions
- 2 Online
- 3 Touring
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
- 6 External links
ACMI has two main cinemas that are equipped to play every film, video and digital video format, with the most extensive projection facilities in the southern hemisphere. THX certified sound systems allow high quality attention to acoustics.
ACMI Cinemas present regular weekly and monthly programs:
- Australian Perspectives Contemporary Australian filmmaking framed against a backdrop of archival classics and special guest presentations. Every Saturday at 4pm.
- Seniors’ Cinema Ongoing program of quality films for discerning audiences.
- Kids' Flicks Regular Sunday Club & School holiday program of budget movies for kids.
- First Look Exclusive monthly screenings of superb new films and restored classics.
- Cinémathèque Double feature every Wednesday night of rare and imported prints.
- Live in the Studio The last Thursday of every month there is a discussion, talk or presentation about television.
- Desert Island Flicks A regular monthly event where celebrities reveal the top five films they would pack if they were banished to a desert island.
ACMI also regularly profiles highly acclaimed actors, directors, writers, cinematographers, and film genres through its ‘Focus On’ seasons. Highlights have included seasons on Stanley Kubrick, Jim Jarmusch, Robert De Niro and David Cronenberg. Genres have included Focus on Gypsies and for the release of King Kong, Focus on Monsters.
ACMI undertakes partnerships with a variety of film festivals; Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Festival of German Films, Little Big Shots, Melbourne International Animation Festival, Resfest and more.
Open from 18 September 2009, Screen Worlds is a permanent exhibition exploring all aspects of the moving image using objects, footage and artistic installations. Screen Worlds explores the story of the moving image through a number of different sections - Emergence, Voices, Sensation, Games Lab and Kids Space.
The Screen Worlds exhibition hosts a number of 'Immersive Experiences'(interactive displays), including Timeslice (inspired by The Matrix), Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Zoetrope, The Faulty Fandangle (created by Oscar®-nominated Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello)), an installation by Anthony McCall and many more.
The screen gallery, renamed Gallery 1 when Gallery 2 was introduced in 2009, was built along the entire length of what was previously Princes Bridge railway station. It is a subterranean gallery for experimentation with the moving image. Video art, installations, interactives, sound art, net art and screen related objects are all regularly exhibited in this space.
Gallery 1 Exhibitions
With the exception of a dance work that formed part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Plasticine Park), Gallery 1 is usually either hosting an exhibition, or installing the next one. The exhibitions alternate between in house and touring, and between free and ticketed.
2013 exhibitions include "Candice Breitz: The Character" and "Hollywood Costume".
|Deep Space: Sensation & Immersion||26 October 2002||27 January 2003||Art Gallery of New South Wales as Space Odysseys: Sensation & Immersion|
|Ngarinyin Pathways Dulwan||26 October 2002||31 August 2003||ACMI||Pathway Project of the Ngarinyin elders|
|Remembrance + the Moving Image Persistence of Vision||21 March 2003||25 May 2003||ACMI|
|Remembrance + the Moving Image Reverberation||27 June 2003||31 August 2003||ACMI|
|Transfigure||8 December 2003||9 May 2004||ACMI|
|2004 Australian Culture Now||8 June 2004||12 September 2004||ACMI & National Gallery of Victoria|
|SenseSurround||7 October 2004||7 November 2004||ACMI|
|Proof||9 December 2004||13 February 2005||ACMI|
|World Without End||14 April 2005||17 July 2005||ACMI|
|White Noise||18 August 2005||23 October 2005||ACMI|
|Stanley Kubrick: Inside the Mind of a Visionary Filmmaker||25 November 2005||29 January 2006||Deutsches Filmmuseum||Christiane Kubrick / Stanley Kubrick Estate|
|2006 Contemporary Commonwealth||24 February 2006||21 May 2006||ACMI & National Gallery of Victoria|
|TV50||22 June 2006||1 October 2006||ACMI|
|Eyes, Lies and Illusions||2 November 2006||11 February 2007||Hayward Gallery||Werner Nekes Collection|
|Centre Pompidou Video Art 1965-2005||22 March 2007||27 May 2007||Centre Pompidou|
|Pixar: 20 Years of Animation||28 June 2007||14 October 2007||Museum of Modern Art||Barbican Gallery|
|Replay Christian Marclay||15 November 2007||3 February 2008||Cité de la musique|
|Game On||6 March 2008||13 July 2008||Barbican Gallery|
|Correspondences: Victor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami||21 August 2008||2 November 2008||Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona|
|Setting the Scene: Film Design from Metropolis to Australia||4 December 2008||19 April 2009||Deutsche Kinemathek as Moving Spaces|
|Len Lye||16 July 2009||11 October 2009||ACMI||Govett-Brewster Art Gallery|
|Dennis Hopper & The New Hollywood||12 November 2009||25 April 2010||Cinematheque francaise|
|Tim Burton: The Exhibition||24 June 2010||10 October 2010||Museum of Modern Art|
|Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales||18 November 2010||26 April 2011||New Orleans Museum of Art||Walt Disney Animation Research Library|
|Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences||1 June 2011||14 August 2011||ACMI|
|Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen||22 September 2011||29 January 2012||ACMI|
|William Kentridge: Five Themes||8 March 2012||27 May 2012||San Francisco Museum of Modern Art||Norton Museum of Art|
|Game Masters||28 June 2012||28 October 2012||ACMI|
|Candice Breitz: The Character||6 Dec 2012||11 March 2013||ACMI|
|Hollywood Costume||24 April 2013||18 August 2013||Victoria and Albert Museum|
|Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition||26 September 2013||23 February 2014||Contemporary Arts Center||Flux |
|DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition||10 April 2014||26 October 2014||ACMI||DreamWorks Animation|
Open from 18 September 2009, Gallery 2 is a smaller, more flexible gallery than Gallery 1.
|Hollywood Remix||18 September 2009||22 November 2009||ACMI|
|Best of the Independent Games Festival 2009||8 December 2009||14 February 2010||ACMI||Independent Games Festival|
|Mary and Max: The Exhibition||2 March 2010||6 June 2010||ACMI||Adam Elliot|
|Bill Viola: The Raft||7 October 2010||20 February 2011||ACMI||Kaldor Public Arts Projects & Melbourne International Arts Festival|
|Arthur and Corinne Cantrill: Light Years||8 March 2011||5 June 2011||ACMI|
|Julian Rosefeldt: American Night||21 June 2011||31 July 2011||Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Florence|
|Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies||17 August 2011||4 December 2011||ACMI||A collaboration with ABC. Supported by SBS.|
|Best of the Independent Games Festival 2011||20 December 2011||25 March 2012||ACMI||Independent Games Festival|
|Best of the Independent Games Festival 2012||27 March 2012||8 July 2012||ACMI||Independent Games Festival|
|Ian Burns: In the Telling||24 July 2012||20 January 2013||ACMI||Experimenta|
|Warwick Thornton: Mother Courage||5 February 2013||23 June 2013||dOCUMENTA (13)|
|Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing: From book to film||16 July 2013||19 January 2014||ACMI||Shaun Tan, Passion Pictures Australia & Books Illustrated|
|Angelica Mesiti: The Calling||4 February 2014||13 July 2014||ACMI||A collaboration with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust|
Studio 1 is a production and educational amphitheatre which can accommodate everything from multimedia performances to television broadcasts, and is equipped with video projection, video conferencing, web casting and online facilities.
ACMI also houses a digital studio for hands-on workshops and production programs. Participants can access the technology, and develop the skills, to produce their own moving image work.
The ACMI Store, located on the entry level next to the Tickets & Information Desk, stocks exhibition catalogues, books, DVDs, toys, cards and gifts.
The Video Garden was an outdoor gallery that led people from the Flinders Street side of the building to the main entrance. Exhibitions included Random Encounters, Gooey by the Lycette Bros, I Fell Off My Bike and Blast Off.
The Memory Grid was a display allowing access to over 100 hours of film that were recorded by ordinary Australians, independent filmmakers, students, community-based practitioners and participants in ACMI hands-on production workshops. Much of the content in the Memory Grid had either never been displayed outside, or had been displayed only once on community television. Further, the Memory Grid contained a large collection of animated and interactive works, and actively accepted work from the public for display.
The Games Lab was ACMI's display area for interactive video games. It celebrated the past, present and future of games, looking deeper to promote this popular form of the moving image as a reflection of our culture.
In 2003, ACMI commissioned Selectparks to produce an interactive game-based, site specific installation called AcmiPark, which was exhibited in the Games Lab. AcmiPark replicates and abstracts the real world architecture of Federation Square. It also houses highly innovative mechanisms for interactive, multiplayer sound and musical composition.
The Games Lab exhibited the Best of the Independent Games Festival for 2005, 2006 & 2007. In early 2007 Hits of the 80s profiled Melbourne's Beam Software and the secret history of Australia's place in the rise and rise of the video game. In 2005 an exhibition was dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog called Sonic the Hedgehog: Icon of our Times.
The Games Lab has now been incorporated into the Screen Worlds exhibition space.
ACMI has a strong online presence, with regular updates being made to the ACMI website and a dedicated blog. Videos and podcasts are regularly added to the website. ACMI also has a number of 'Online Projects'.
Along with regularly added content on ACMI's main website, ACMI hosts a number of special online projects that encourage user-generated content. These sites include 15 Second Place, Generator and the Educators Lounge.
ACMI have increased their touring program over the past few years. Beginning with Mary and Max, which toured regional Victoria,  ACMI then followed by showing the 2011 Best of the IGF in Sydney and Brisbane before the available gallery space came up at ACMI.  ACMI's first original exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Game Masters, was seen in New Zealand after its ACMI season. 
"What's On Aug-Sep 2009", ACMI, 2009
- Official ACMI website
- ACMI on iTunes
- ACMI Cinema Archive
- Australian Mediatheque
- 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth website
- ACMI on YouTube
- ACMI on Flickr
- ACMI on Facebook
- ACMI on Artabase
- Culture Victoria – video and a brief history of the ACMI
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