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  • content/May.6,2012

    Contact Ancient Cinema

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  • content/May.24,2012


    Thanks To Marsh Birchard, Peter Mettler, Michael Snow, Bruce McDonald, Dr. Irmtraud Letzner, Bruce Elder, Annie Sessler, Christian Friedrich, Bruno Degazio, Tammy Remington, Marta Braun, Bruce Adams, Glen N. Andersen, Pamela Paxman, Lynda Hansen, Carmen Einfinger, Susan Martin, Evelyn Kryt, Judah... read more

  • stories/May.17,2012

    Ancient Optical Lenses

    Henry Jesionka discovered a cache of artifacts from an ancient Roman film projector on a beach in Nin, Croatia, in 2011. Absent from this find was any evidence of optical lenses. read more

  • installation/Aug.22,2012

    The Installation

    ANCIENT CINEMA is a multi-media exhibition by Henry Jesionka that premiered at the Donat in Zadar, Croatia in July 2012. The exhibition features artifacts from a fictional ancient cinema along with historical evidence to support the possibility that the Greeks and Romans could have invented cinema two... read more

  • stories/Apr.22,2012

    Ancient Technology

    In 1900, just off the coast of the small island of Antikythera, a group of sponge divers discovered the wreck of a Roman merchant vessel filled with Greek  treasure.  Among the bounty was a device with precisely engineered gear wheels—a completely astonishing revelation for ancient Greece. The... read more

  • installation/Apr.28,2012

    Rewriting the History of Cinema

    Most historians trace the history of cinema to the early 19th century, with the invention of the Phenakistoscope, in 1832, and the Zoetrope, two years later. Henry Jesionka’s “Ancient Cinema” presents speculative evidence from an extraordinary archaeological discovery in Zadar, Croatia, that may... read more

  • stories/Apr.22,2012

    Discrete Monuments

    "It is sometimes said that the aim of the historian is to explain the past by 'finding,' 'identifying,' or 'uncovering' the 'stories' that lie buried in chronicles; and that the difference between a 'history' and 'fiction' resides in the fact that the historian 'finds' his stories, whereas the... read more

  • stories/Apr.29,2012

    Cinema Desires

    Since ancient times, stargazers and astronomers have employed different models to describe the way in which time was harnessed to space, and dreamed about the possibility of seeing the universe in a way that could lately be described as cinematographic. read more

  • installation/May.11,2012

    Bronze "Projector" Artifact

    An unusual Roman bronze artifact, recently purchased at a flea market in Zadar, Croatia, was the first in a series of archaeological findings that lead to the discovery of a Roman “film” projector from the first century AD. read more

  • stories/Apr.29,2012

    Zadar: A Roman Colony

    Zadar, Croatia, known in antiquity as Iader or Iadera, was an important trading port on the coast of the Adriatic.  It became a Roman colony in the first years of the reign of the emperor Augustus (27 BC-14AD).   In the mid-first century AD, the poet Marcus Aennaeus Lucanus described Zadar as “extending... read more

  • installation/May.4,2012

    Roman Painted Glass

      “There are major scholarly issues still unresolved about Roman glassware,” writes Stuart J. Fleming in his study of Early Imperial Roman Glass, "not the least where any particular piece was made. Glass vessels, like many other goods, moved effortlessly throughout the sprawling Roman... read more

  • stories/Apr.22,2012

    Paleolithic Cinema

    "During the Old Stone Age, between 37,000 and 11,000 years ago, some of the most remarkable art ever conceived was etched or painted on the walls of caves in southern France and northern Spain,” writes Judith Thurman in The New Yorker, in 2008. “After a visit to Lascaux, in the Dordogne, which was... read more

  • installation/May.2,2012

    Roman "Cinema" Coins

    The bronze coins featured in “Ancient Cinema,” were discovered in 2011 in Nin, Croatia. They include Latin text, but no date or denomination.Coins from the late Roman Republic (250 BC - 27 BC) were sometimes produced in bronze, emulating coins of Greek colonies in southern Italy. Coins from this... read more

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