Program for the Convention

SATURDAY PROGRAM
9-10am     Registration and Opening

10am     Elizabeth Hartrick – Quite free from Vulgarity – will look at the contributions to popular visual culture by important magic lantern practitioners in nineteenth century Australia and New Zealand.

10:45am     Ian Edwards – well-known in magic lantern circles, presents an illustrated technical talk covering the development of the magic lantern, with demonstrations of mechanical slides and projections methods such as “the dissolve technique.” Ian will be assisted by his grandson and fifth generation lanternist, James Edwards.

BREAK

11:45am     John Hyett – organiser of the First Biennial Magic Lantern Society Australasian Convention, presents slide sets ‘inspired’ by the German cartoonist Wilhelm Busch (1852- 1908), whose work was hugely popular and translated well to the lantern slide medium, particularly the well-known Max and Moritz series.

12:30pm     Lindsay Cox – Salvation Army Archivist, presents an illustrated history, with digital examples of slides produced by the Army under Captain Joe Perry during that period, and an introduction to the Limelight Museum housed in the “restored” original studio atop 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, the Limelight Brigade’s headquarters and production centre for nearly two decades.

LUNCH

2:30pm     Martyn Jolly – presents an illustrated talk about his hands-on study of the only existing collection of original slides from the Captain Joe Perry’s remarkable multimedia epic ‘Soldiers of the Cross’ produced in Melbourne in 1900. Martyn is Head of Photography & Media Arts at Australian National University School of Art.

BREAK

4:15pm     Danielle Zuvela – Mechanics of Modern Mesmerism – Artists in residence at the National Film and Sound Archive, Danni and her colleague Joel Stern are exploring the NFSA’s collection of glass lantern slides to create a new live performance based around projected light. Rather than a ‘re-enactment’ of magic lantern shows, their interests lie in reimagining these early visual and sonic media in a contemporary experimental context and fascinated by the magic lantern experience. They will show some of the most experimental, abstract and uncommon slide images they have been lucky enough to encounter, and discuss how these might enable audiences today, as for the magic lantern’s Victorian audiences, to experiment with the boundaries between light and matter, body and mind.

Regrettably, Barry Hancox, New Zealand photo-historian and lantern enthusiast, has had to withdraw in  order to attend to the post-earthquake re-opening of his Christchurch business, Smith’s Bookshop.  We wish him every success and look forward to seeing him next time.

 

SUNDAY PROGRAM
Open 10am – 3:30pm
Lanternalia on exhibit and for sale, and lantern slide demonstrations throughout the day

FEATURING

10:30-11:30am     Magic Lantern Show presented by Professor Ian Edwards  “The First Two Decades of the Federated States of Australia through the Eyes of the Photographers of the Era” includes * Royal procession through Melbourne to the Exhibition Buildings for the Opening of Federal Parliament in 1901 * Visit of the “Great White American Fleet” to Melbourne 1908 * Gallipoli & other events of note in that era *Humorous and optical effect slides.

1-1:30pm     Children’s participatory Magic Lantern Show including story slide sequences, interspersed with humorous mechanical slides. Children from the audience will be invited to participate in the reading and activating the slides.

Both Sunday shows will include The Man Swallowing Rats.
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Calling interested Magic Lantern Enthusiasts, Collectors & Researchers

We are keen to hear from you if would like to present something at the 2012 Convention – or just bring something special and interesting from your collection to show and tell.

We are also looking for contributions to the family day on Sunday. If you have slides that you can show that would be entertaining for children, we’d love to hear from you.

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An addition to the Convention Program

Mechanics of Modern Mesmerism
presented by Dr Danielle Zuvela, Griffith University

As artists in residence at the National Film and Sound Archive in 2012, my colleague Joel Stern and I are exploring the NFSA’s collection of glass lantern slides in order to create a new live performance based around projected light. Rather than a ‘re-enactment’ of magic lantern shows as such, we are interested in re-imagining these early visual and sonic media in a contemporary experimental context. We are fascinated by the magic lantern experience – as a tool for transporting audiences into an array of optical, aural and psychological phenomena, and for the correspondences it raises between the Victorians’ “era of uncertainty” in the period of “self-culture” and “rational recreation”, and parallels in our contemporary life.

This talk will overview our work as NFSA Fellows, showing some of the imagery we have encountered and  discusses how we plan to incorporate it in a dialogue with other contemporary imagery in a performance that speculates on other possible histories and meanings for the projected magic lantern image. The talk will include some of the most experimental, abstract and uncommon slide images we have been lucky to encounter, and discussion of how these might enable audiences today, as for the magic lanterns’ Victorian audiences, to experiment with the boundaries between light and matter, body and mind.

John Hyett presents slides of Wilhelm Busch’s work

Busch lantern slideJohn Hyett, organiser of the First Biennial Magic Lantern Society Australasian Convention, will present slide sets ‘inspired’ by the German cartoonist Wilhelm Busch (1852-1908), whose work was hugely popular and translated well to the lantern slide medium, particularly the well-known Max and Moritz series. Some are almost direct copies of Busch’s work while others were redrawn versions of Busch’s cartoons.

This alarming image from Busch’s “Crotchet’s Musical Recital” is part of a slide set found in an old farmhouse in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay region.

Limelight Brigade comes to the Convention

The significance of the Salvation Army Limelight Brigade to Australasian screen culture in the 1890s and 1900s cannot be overstated.

So we are very happy that Lindsay Cox, Salvation Army Archivist, will present an illustrated history, with digital examples of slides produced by the Army under Captain Joe Perry during that period.

Lindsay will also provide an introduction to the Limelight Museum housed in the “restored” original studio atop 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, the Limelight Brigade’s headquarters and production centre for nearly two decades.

Convention Program News

We are very pleased to announce advance news of great presentations at this year’s Convention.

Barry Hancox
Barry Hancox, Magic Lantern Society Member, Christchurch, will present an illustrated talk on the NZ Government Tourist and Health Department lantern slide series of 1901-1930.

Barry is a photo-historian and ephemerist with a large collection of nineteenth century New Zealand photographs and lanternalia. He is the owner of Smith’s Bookshop Christchurch which was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. We were sorry that he couldn’t make it the 2010 Convention and very happy that he is one of early birds this time.

Dr Ian Edwards
Well known in magic lantern circles, Dr Ian Edwards will present an illustrated technical talk covering the development of the magic lantern, with demonstrations of mechanical slides and projections methods such as “the dissolve technique.” A great opportunity to see how these technologies actually operate.

Ian is a third generation magic lantern practitioner using slides and projectors handed down from his grandfather, the Reverend Percy John Thomas Edwards (1850-1940), who travelled the country districts of Victoria entertaining his parishioners with magic lantern slide church services and evening entertainments.  Ian and his wife, Margery, have presented lantern shows nationally and internationally and their children and grandchildren are now involved.

Ian and Margery will present “Australia the First Two Decades” illustrated with original lantern slides, using their historic magic lantern at this year’s Convention.

For the Sunday family program, the fourth and fifth generations of the Edwards family will join them in presenting some delightful story sequences and humorous mechanical slides. Audience participation is a highlight of their shows for children. We hope the ‘man swallowing rats” will make an appearance.

Dr Martyn Jolly
Dr Martyn Jolly, Head of Photography and Media Arts at Australian National University School of Art, has caught the lantern slide bug after researching the collection of Salvation Army slides held by National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra. These include the only existing collection of original slides from the Captain Joe Perry’s remarkable multimedia epic ‘Soldiers of the Cross’ produced in Melbourne in 1900. Martyn will present an illustrated talk about his hands-on study of the slides.

Martyn is also keen to set-up a project looking at increasing on-line accessibility of Australia’s lantern slide heritage and also developing ways of reproducing the magic lantern experience for new audiences.

The Second Biennial Magic Lantern Society Australasian Convention

Dates
Saturday, 27 October 2012 – Convention for members (and friends)
Sunday, 28 October 2012 – Public exhibition and children’s program

Where
The Salon, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia

We are currently calling for papers and presentations for the Saturday program
If you’d simply like to attend on either day, let us know here and we’ll keep you up-dated

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