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Preview: Twixt Two Worlds at the Whitechapel Gallery

Friday 16 May 2014
Words Darren Skene

Cinema history is revealed in the Contemporary Art Society display at the Whitechapel Gallery, where pioneers of early cinema are shown alongside leading contemporary artists.

Twixt Two Worlds is drawn from the collections of Contemporary Art Society member museums across the south of England and is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s programme opening up public and private collections for everyone.

The exhibition (which takes its title from a book about the famous 19th century medium William Eglinton) maps the pivotal moment in cinema history when still photography evolved into moving images. Inspired by John and William Barnes’ collection of early moving image apparatus held in Hove Museum, this shift is explored through objects, photographs and film.

Highlights of the Contemporary Art Society exhibition include magic lanterns and slides from the late 19th century, films and photographs by pioneers such as William Friese-Greene , Eadweard Muybridge and Albert Smith.  Alongside these influential figures are works by contemporary artists including Susan HillerSaskia Olde-Wolbers and  Steven Pippin who revisit the history and techniques of early film.

Twixt Two Worlds is FREE and open from 10 June – 31 August 2014 at the Whitechapel Gallery