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ArtScience on Scream: Horror, Expressionism & The Moving Image

In celebrating 100 years of horror films, ArtScience on Screen is proud to chart and showcase the Expressionist legacy of arguably the first horror film ever made - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
– 100th Anniversary Screening (1920)

Magic, murder and mayhem – a trip to the carnival descends quickly into a surrealist fever dream when a somnambulist predicts the death of one unlucky patron. Chilling prophecy or sinister sport? Step right up into the cabinet and find out!

Marking 100 years of this iconic classic, ArtScience on Screen is proud to present the digitally restored version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as how it would look in its resplendent celluloid glory.

Often lauded as the original cult film and the precursor to arthouse cinema, the film’s unusual set design, oblique landscapes, experimental lighting and twisted narrative birthed an enduring range of similar Expressionist movements that can be found anywhere between Virginia Woolf to this side of David Bowie.

With a whole universe of visual iconography embedded in the sepia-soaked reels, come trace them at the museum this October – limited screenings so book your tickets quick!


The Short Films Of David Lynch (1967 - 1995)

Of amputees, retching paintings and rogue alphabets – the early moving image works of David Lynch prior the infamy of Eraserhead and Twin Peaks can be told as a fireswept fever dream of Caligarian playfulness mixed with coffee-cigarette surrealism.

In tracing the overflowing legacy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, ArtScience on Screen presents a specially curated series of 5 chilling short films from master of modern horror, David Lynch.

Flexing Lynch’s mostly overlooked foundation as an artist before he made the Hollywood jump, the highly conceptual (and at times academic) approach of these films are deeply rooted in the Caligarian allusions of fractured realities and shared trauma. This is an especial treat for fans of Lynch who’ve rarely had the chance to encounter the visual artist side of the director. Even for non-Lynch fans, the schizophrenic, frenetic visions within the moving image works are a masterclass in skin-tingling mayhem – absolutely not to be missed!

 

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