Eric Ames


On his book Carl Hagenbeck’s Empire of Entertainments

Cover Interview of May 03, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Challenging the idea of theme space as an essentially American phenomenon.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“‘Anthropological-zoological exhibition’ was a high-sounding name for the practice of grouping together ‘exotic’ humans and animals in the same space of display—a practice that soon became a regular attraction of world’s fairs.”

On the second:

“Another feature that distinguished the Tierpark was its effort to create a fictional universe, a tangible space of adventure for visitors to explore with their imagination as well as with their bodies.  Indeed, this is precisely what connects the park to the early cinema, much of which was also devoted to creating self-contained worlds of fantasy and exotic adventure.”