KINOAUTOMAT 1967-2007 Book project.
Written/edited/created by Dr Christopher Hales.
Kinoautomat was the world’s first interactive film, premiering at Expo’67 in Montreal in 1967. The film and its technical system were developed in Prague by a gifted team of Czechoslovak directors, actors, inventors and technicians, and was known as the brainchild of Dr. Raduz Cincera. The film has rarely been shown since that time but is a seminal work of interactive narrative. Dr. Christopher Hales of SMARTlab attracted an AHRB small grant to research and restore the film, which he has carried out with help from its creator’s daughter Alena Cincerova. Although there are currently difficulties regarding publication of the Interactive DVD that has been made of Kinoautomat, Hales has edited a short illustrated book revealing the facts and the relevance of this work, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2007. The book contains new critical writing from Hales and from media scholars including Erkki Huhtamo, reprints of articles by Michael Naimark and Michael Bielicky, and reminiscences from those involved with the original project (surprisingly few of whom remain alive).
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Contents of the book
The current contents of the book are listed below. Articles are generally either critical texts from media scholars or are more personal recollections and anecdotes of those involved with the original venture in 1967.
Dr. Chris Hales
MY BROTHER KINOAUTOMAT
PUSH THE BUTTON – KINOAUTOMAT WILL DO THE REST! Media-Archaeological Reflections on Audience Interactivity
RECOLLECTIONS OF KINOAUTOMAT
KINOAUTOMAT 1966 – 2006
FROM THE FIRST MOVING PICTURES to INTERACTIVE CINEMA
KINOAUTOMAT IN THE CONTEXT of INTERACTIVE CINEMA
KINOAUTOMAT GOES ENGLISH
ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE ° THEN AND NOW
PRAGUE: THE PLACE OF ILLUSIONISTS
Czechoslovakia at EXPO’67
INTERVAL TRIP REPORT 5/26/98
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL TEXT FROM 1996