CineScience at the new Visa Mundi

CineScience at the new Visa Mundi

The former WUR hall has been used as a cinema for a month now. Researched by resource seeker editor and film enthusiast Mario Martins A look at the worldas cinema is now called, film Mad Max: Fury Road. It was played in context CineScience Film Talks.

Text Mario Martinez

Visum Mundi’s new interior exudes luxury and elegance, with a large art deco bar and atmospheric lighting. Much attention has been paid to details, such as the cinema logo (a circle with a square inside like a camera hole) reflected in the carpet, the glass doors and the opening through which the film projector shines. . Above the bar is a light box with interchangeable letters, as old cinemas often have above the facade. Through the stairs you enter a spacious cinema room with large round “chandeliers” in the ceiling. That ceiling and those lamps were left over from Aula and were always an eye-catcher.

The cinema room has double chairs and sofas with suede upholstery and an extra pillow. Very comfortable compared to classic folding cinema seats. Thanks to the wide aisles, there is plenty of legroom.

Photo by Mario Martins


This evening’s program includes CineScience Movietalks: a monthly event of the Heerenstraat Theater, where a scientist gives an introduction to a film. This time it was a movie mad max: fury road, With an introduction by Martin Witges, PhD student in Geographic Information Science. He linked his research to the movie Mad Max, set in a post-apocalyptic desert where people compete for water and food (with lots of explosions and huge cars).

Witjes’ research involves creating detailed topographic maps of many different land types. He talks about the climate crises that are increasingly affecting the Earth, such as drought, siltation, and extreme weather conditions. In the film, the consequences of desertification are taken to the extreme. According to Witges, the water scarcity and geopolitics that play a role in the world of cinema are recognizable in our own. For example, big tech companies—which have a lot of power through their monopoly on making large digital maps—can be compared to the villains in the movie who have power through their monopoly on water.

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Witges initially had some difficulty thinking of a film that he could connect to his geographical research. Witges: But when I saw that the entomologist in an earlier edition linked insect research to the film Starship troopersI was inspired to choose this Mad Max movie.

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