Apprivoiser l’obscurité : un nouveau programme pour l’architecture des salles de cinéma parisiennes entre 1914 et 1921

Abstract : During the 19th C., the Industrial Revolution and technical advances from the modern era led to the massive use of glass in architectural constructions, which contributed to the transparency of volumes as well as the entrance of natural light within the built environment. By contrast, the “electricity fairy” generated a new kind of darkness. Science and stage-related artistic fields used the inherent qualities of darkness through devices that acted on the status of both the image and the observer. While it was a period in which openings were emphasized in building exteriors, architecture also had to integrate the component of darkness, spurred by the emergence of a large number of machines requiring darkness between the early 19th C. and late 20th C. Prompted by the renewal of energy, darkness quickly became a part of architectural productions designed for projecting film.
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Mathilde Thouron. Apprivoiser l’obscurité : un nouveau programme pour l’architecture des salles de cinéma parisiennes entre 1914 et 1921. Journal of Energy History, Fondation Groupe EDF, 2018, Light(s) and darkness(es): Shifting historical relations/ Lumière(s) et obscurité(s) : des relations historiques changeantes. ⟨hal-02355483⟩

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