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Article: Toverlantaarn-les (“Magic lantern lesson”)

Issue 03/2017 of the Tijdschrift van het Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (“Journal of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands”) features an article on the A Million Pictures research on lantern slides. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) issues this journal three times a year. It shares news about Cultural Heritage and…

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Television: Exhibition ‘Light!’ on Catalan television

The exhibition ‘Light!’ at the Cinema Museum Girona was featured as news item in the Catalan television Televisió 3. Director Jordi Pons explains the historical used of the magic lantern. Some slides of the collection are also shown in movement – an excellent case of dissemination! Watch the clip La llanterna màgica: el cinema abans…

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Articles: Spectacular Astronomy

Kurt Vanhoutte and Nele Wynants from the research team Antwerp published the joint article “On the passage of a man of the theatre through a rather brief moment in time: Henri Robin, performing astronomy in nineteenth century Paris” in Early Popular Visual Culture Vol. 15 , Iss. 2 (2017), pages 152-174. This issue of EPVC…

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Video: Molens Tulpen Klompen en Kaas

In the 20-minute video documentary historian Leen Breure and Sarah Dellmann explain where today’s national clichés of the Netherlands come from. “Molens Tulpen Klompen en Klaas – ruim 100 jaar clichés van Nederland” (in Dutch language) investigates the history of the Dutch cultural icons and their function in commerce, tourism, fine arts and media. Images…

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Installation: Cinderella – Two Sides of the Story

Students from University of the Arts Utrecht develop an installation, inspired by the magic lantern and its ability to tell stories with light. By means of coloured light projected from back and front, the story of Cinderella is told by making parts of the respective image visible, depending on the colour of light. The images…

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Animation: Slide of Life

Students from the University of the Arts Utrecht (NL) create an animation film based on digitized lantern slides in the collection of EYE Filmmuseum and Utrecht University Museum. “After seeing the beauty of thousands of old magic lantern slides, we believe these pictures need to be seen again. Using our knowledge of modern day technology, we…

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Exhibition: Light! Magic Lantern and the Digital Image

The temporary exhibition Light! Magic Lantern and the Digital Image. Affinities between the Nineteenth and Twenty-first Century will be on display at Museu del Cinema, Girona. The exhibition was planned until January 2018 and now is prolongued until 8 April 2018 entrance is free. This exhibition has three main goals. First, to show the magic…

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Article: History of a fantascope: a device for education in nineteenth-century Girona

Jordi Pons and Daniel Pitarch from the research team Girona published the article “History of a fantascope: a device for education in nineteenth-century Girona” in Early Popular Visual Culture, Vol 15. Iss. 1 (pp 83-99). In their article, the authors describe the astonishing discovery of a fantasmagoric lantern (see image) in the archives of a…

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