Magic Lantern Show this Friday

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

If you are in London this Friday you could start the evening with a magic lantern show at Goldsmiths, 5:30 pm. This is the announcement :

The Magic Carpet
A rare opportunity to experience the magic lantern in action!

Friday 21st March, 2014
5.30 pm, Screen 1, Media Research Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

No medium transported more people through time and space in the 19th century than the magic lantern, cinema’s ancestor, and for 250 years the world’s premier screen experience.

Lantern impresarios “Professor” Joss Marsh and Mr. David “Limelight” Francis, of the new Kent Museum of the Moving Image, present a panorama of the Imperial itineraries, virtual travels, fantastical geographies, and metaphysical journeys of the Victorian era using an original lantern, authentic texts, and a wide variety of rare glass slides.

David Francis O.B.E. was for 15 years Curator of the British National Film Archive, and subsequently Chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress.  His co-authored publications include the ground-breaking Chaplin: Genesis of a Clown (1977), and Museums, Curatorship and the Moving Image Experience (2008).

Until 2013, Joss Marsh was Associate Professor of Victorian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She is the author of Word Crimes: Blasphemy, Culture, and Literature in 19th-Century England (1998), the forthcoming Starring Charles Dickens, and numerous essays on Dickens, Chaplin, the 19th-century novel and film, Victorian visual culture, celebrity, film stardom, and the magic lantern.

All welcome!

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