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workshop THE MAGIC LANTERN TODAY: Creative Re-Use of Cultural Heritage
EVENTS international workshop // Intermedial Poetics

Date: 27-29 October 2016

Venue: M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp,  Leuvenstraat 32, Antwerp.


The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in the magic lantern. Please register (no registration or accreditation fee) with Sabine Lenk ( before Monday, 24 October, and indicate "workshop re-use Antwerp" in the subject-line. 


Thursday 27 October, 14:00–20:00


14:00 Arriving, coffee & tea
 (in M HKAFE)

14:30–16:00 Curating the lantern           

  • Welcome and introduction
  • “Revisiting Vrielynck” by Edwin Carels (KASK / School of Arts HoGent)
  • “The world according to Van Hal. Exhibiting local collections of lantern slides in the City Museum of Turnhout” by Bart Sas (City archive, Turnhout)

16:00 coffee & tea


16:30–18:30 Lantern dramaturgies

  • “Liberating the Lantern – the Magic Lantern Show in the 21st century” by Mervyn Heard (freelance lanternis and scholar)  
  • “illuminago | media archaeology & performance” by Karin Bienek (lanternist) and Ludwig Vogl-Bienek (lanternist, Universität Trier)
  • Schijnvis / Showfish / Poisson Brillant : Archaeology of the Projection Microscope” by Sarah Vanagt (video artist) & Nele Wynants (ULB–UAntwerp)

19:00: Opening Schijnvis / Showfish / Poisson Brillant, an installation with lanterns and two contemporary lantern films by Sarah Vanagt @ M HKA: INBOX


Friday, 28 October 10:00–18:00 


10:00 –11:00 Historical and future case studies

  • “Re-use of the lantern in the past” Sabine Lenk (UAntwerp)
  • “Making maps speak and thinking geographically: Halford Mackinder's visual and verbal knowledge-making practices for less expert audiences c.1885-1914” Emily Hayes (University of Exeter)

11:00 : coffee & tea


11:30–12:45 Historical and future case studies

  • “Re-using and implementing optical toys: synthesis of movement and contemporary phenakistoscopes and zoetropes” by Daniel Pitarch Fernández (University of Girona)
  • “Spreading Magic Lantern knowledge through workshops for children” by Anna Carpena Torrens (Cinema Museum Girona)
  • “Lanterns in Film Production” by Emjay Rechsteiner (film producer and historian)

12:45 Lunch break


14:00–15:30 Taxonomy and Cataloguing

  • “A study to develop a classification of magic lanterns and its accessories" by Patrice Guérin (collector and historian of the art of light projections)
  • “The results of typology's magic lantern slides derived from their formal structures of representation (genre, format and production techniques)” by Carmen López & Francisco Javier Frutos (Universidad de Salamanca)

15:30 : coffee & tea


16:00–18:00 working group meetings (parallel sessions for project partners):

  • Best Practices of Digitization: news from the manual & further discussion on draft
  • Metadata and Cataloguing: How to prepare Lucerna for Europeana
  • How to continue? Ideas for a follow-up project
  • Creative re-use (new)

18:30 : Dinner 


20:30: "An evening with Sarah" at Cinema Zuid: film programme Sarah Vanagt.


Saturday, 29 October, 10:00–13:00 

  • Research Team Assembly 


This workshop is organized by the Research Center for Visual Poetics of the University of Antwerp and the Université libre de Bruxelles, in the framework of A Million Pictures. Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning | Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage – Heritage Plus.

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