The Projection Project is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which investigates cinematic projection. It documents the projectionist’s role as it passes into history, following the switch of most cinemas to digital projection between 2010 and 2012. It also looks at the contemporary expansion of projected images outside of the cinema.
Running from October 2014 to January 2018, the project will use interviews with projectionists, archive research, feature films and photographs to explore historical projection and the digital transformations of the twenty-first century.
The contemporary transitions in projection are the latest in a series of transformations through which the history of cinema itself can be traced. We will learn from projectionists themselves about what the job entails, and look at trade papers and trade union records to chart significant alterations in exhibition practice, the projectionists' views of cinema and the aesthetics of the 'good performance'. This combination of methods will allow us to contribute to the understanding and history of cinema as both industry and artform.