In 2004, Kodak stopped producing its famous carousel projector. Although the medium is now considered obsolete, it still proves to be a vital tool for artists. Their slide-based art has come to evoke the past, but from a contemporary and personal perspective.
Greylight Projects will foreground international artists that explore and thereby reclaim history and memory through the use of 35mm slides.
The title “Blackout” refers to the intermittent moment of darkness between two slides. In short, the exhibition deals with historical amnesia; not only on a socio-political level, but also in relation to the apparatus itself, and its afterlife. The narrative of media history is often linked to technological progress, but the continued artistic use of an apparatus long after its industrial demise challenges this story.
Blackout is based on research conducted by Julian Ross at the University of Westminster, supported by the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.
Blackout – Contemporary art with slide-projectors – an international selection
artists: Prapat Jiwarangsan (TH), Kristina Benjocki (NL), Nguyen Trinh Thi (VN), Ahmad Fuad Osman (MY), Raha Raisnnia (US), Praneet Soi (IN/NL), Hannah Dawn Henderson (UK/NL), Floris Vanhoof (BE), Aura Satz (UK) and Tamar Guimarães (BR)
In the framework of the B-Magic research project on the history of the magic lantern as a mass medium in Belgium. (Curated by Julian Ross; produced by Edwin Carels and Phyllis Dierick)
single-event: Magic lantern performance ‘Frankenstein Phantasmagoria’ by Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker
at the vernissage. Friday 05.04.2019 , 19:30
supported by: KASK – School of Arts