Once a month the Magic Lantern Society publishes an e-newsletter called ‘New Light on Old Media’. You might think that members of the Society would only be interested in historical matters relating to the heyday of the magic lantern. You’d be wrong. Many artists and performers around the world have rediscovered Victorian optical entertainments and early techniques for creating the illusion of movement and incorporate them into their work. And, of course, the projection of digital imagery onto buildings has become an art form in its own right.
‘New light on old media’ provides a fascinating glimpse into this new and sometimes rather strange world. The latest edition features an 1830s painting in a museum that includes a ‘transformer’ robot; a smiley optical illusion and magic lantern slides that were used in a 19th century Pennsylvania hospital for the ‘treatment of the insane’….. . and more!
If you would like to see previous newsletters, you can do so here.