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Two Conferences in Montreal

Posted by on June 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm

  From May 18-20 Sabine Lenk and I participated at the 3rd conference of the International Society for Media Studies on the intriguing topic of “Authentic Artifice”, held at the Université de Montréal. We presented a paper entitled “‘Rendre réel aux yeux du public…’ – Stage Craft, Film Tricks, and the Féerie”. The genre of féerie […]

Images Across Borders

Posted by on February 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

Recently, two publications came out that are linked to the research project “The Nation and Its Other“, which I conducted from 2010 to 2014. One is Dafna Ruppin’s revised dissertation that was published by John Libbey as The Komedi Bioscoop: Early Cinema in Colonial Indonesia. This pioneering study retraces the history of moving pictures in […]

Machines Magic Media

Posted by on August 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

  The beautiful castle of Cerisy-la-Salle is an ideal place to discuss the complex interrelationships between media, magic and technology. I am one of the organisers of this conference which is part of an international research project (for more details look here). Academics and magicians explore together various aspects of this subject. Besides lectures and […]

Mise en scène

Posted by on August 19, 2015 at 7:41 am

  I published a little book on the concept of mise en scène, which forms part of a trilogy, together with Jacques Aumont’s Montage and Timothy Barnard’s Découpage. The book was published by the Montreal-based publisher caboose in their Kino-Agora series. The book sketches the history of the term from its origins in theatre in the 19th century to contemporary […]

Notes on the Concept of Cultural Series

Posted by on March 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

In 2013 the Media & Performance Seminar here at Utrecht University was dedicated to the concept of “series”. In one of the sessions I presented a paper on the concept of “Cultural Series”, proposed by Gaudreault at the 1996 conference on Méliès held at Cerisy la Salle. I reworked that presentation into a working document […]