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MAGICA at Encontros no ANIM 2024

The 2024 Edition of the Encontros no ANIM, organized by the Portuguese Cinematheque - Museum of Science at the National Archive of Moving Images (ANIM), will count with the participation of the MAGICA project. 

On the 23rd of May, Our project's PI, Márcia Vilarigues, and research members Ângela Santos and Vanessa Otero will be presenting "MAGICA: Projeto de investigação sobre as coleções de vidros de lanterna mágica da Cinemateca" which will be accompained by a demonstration of projections with a magic lantern by Teresa Parreira (ANIM).

The Programme (23-25 May) and Registration can be accessed HERE.

Posted on 23 April 2024

The Magic Lantern was the first optical instrument for the projection of moving images allied with sounds and music, used worldwide.
MAGICA is the first systematic and comprehensive study on the relation between the tangible and intangible facets of the art of painting magic lantern glass slides and its use at science academies and entertainment places in Portugal.

This project emerged from a set of repositories of magic lanterns' images, preserved in several Portuguese collections, and aims to develop preservation methods for those images and try to understand how they relate to academic and cultural life (with a special focus on performing arts) of the country during the 19th century.

With an interdisciplinary team of conservation scientists, musicologists, conservators, curators, media archaeologists, theatrologists and artists, the MAGICA project will impact on the preservation, interpretation, rehabilitation and valorisation of this precious heritage as well as other associated documents such as theatrical texts, scores and iconographic records.