Mission to the Moon - summer exhibition in Poznań Photoplasticon
Trip to the Moon with Poznań Photoplasticon
In the Cultural Information Center, in a historical building from 19th century, after short break Poznań Photoplasticon has been run again. First photoplasticons were created by August Fuhrmann in the end of 19th century and has been called Kaiserpanorama. They were primarily used as a fair attraction, however during Great War found its use as a tool for propaganda.
The machine works with stereoscopic photos. Two, almost identical pictures overleap each other creating the impression of 3D effect. Even though today this technique does not surprise us, 100 years ago this was a huge entertainment.
It is hard to ascertain how old Poznań Photoplasticon is, but we know, that it survived second world war, after which changed its place few times, eventually landing in Cultural Information Center on Ratajczaka Street in Poznań.
Show is being watched on one of the 24 seats, by special holes, while pictures automatically move in front of your eyes. This time the exhibition takes us to a journey to the Moon. Along with the arms race, exploring space has become one of the most characteristic topics of the cold war. Russians where the first ones in space but Americans where the first ones to ever set a foot on the surface of the Moon. During the show you can feel like an actual participant of the mission. With Neil Armstrong’s eyes you can see the control panel of the Columbia spaceship, you enter the Russian capsule Woschod 1, you walk in space and even see our Earth emerging from behind the Moon.
The exhibition has been enhanced with wall pictures. Moreover, you can find a screen presenting pictures of old Poznań, deriving from CYRYL portal.
Location: Cultural Information Center, ul. Franciszka Ratajczaka 44, Poznań
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 am – 7:00 pm | Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sun closed. Last admission an hour before closing.
Price list: regular 5 zł | concession 2 zł | family 10 zł | group (10 and more people) 20 zł for the whole group.
Text: Norbert Zieliński
Fot. Norbert Zieliński