Radio Mania: An Abandoned Work

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard


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A commission by British artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard who have created a new 3D video installation.

The piece takes as its starting point one of the first 3D films ever made - The Man from M.A.R.S. (also known as Radio-Mania, 1922; a title held in the BFI National Archive).

It was made to demonstrate 'Teleview', a stereoscopic motion picture system invented by Laurens Hammond.

Following a premiere in New York, the show closed 24 days later, after which 'Teleview' and the film were never seen again.

Hammond continued as an inventor and created the Hammond organ.

The artists have set about creating a contemporary adaptation of this silent film in which an inventor succeeds in building a radio transmission device capable of communicating with intelligent life on Mars.

He receives a scientific formula to turn coal into diamonds, only to have his new-found wealth disappear when he wakes up, finding that his dreams had been inspired by newspaper reports of Marconi's experiments with radio signals.


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