21C/19C – On the archives

A huge part of my work is to find images and to convince archive leaderships to let me use them. In principle, the images of the anthropometric era are in the public domain, as their photographers died more than 70 years ago. Still, many archives do not easily let go of the collections. Here’s a few of my experiences.

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21C/19c Procedures for anthropometric image reversal

The exhibition in Costant’s window will stay until 23 october. Visitable day and night, from the streetside. Here some images made by the members of Constant. read more…

21C/19c Procedures for anthropometric image reversal – recipe

This can be perceived as a recipe for ‘how to treat the images’, in this case with the aim of perceiving the persons depicted in a more sensitive way.
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Constant_V for Vitrine _ 21C/19C _ recategorizing images

I am arranging Constant’s window for the next period: 15.09 – 23.10.2016.
It will have 16mm filmstrips and magnifying glasses. On the filmstrips 19th century anthropometric photographs. read more…


I will show the first experiments of my filmwork on the anthropometric photography at Constant’s vitrine. The exhibition opens with a performance. Please feel invited!

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The absolutely most amazing, or at least with the most humour, ‘stop motion by replacement’ artist is PES. I guess you already knew him but if you did not, I invite you to check out his work.



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A technically refined example op stop-motion by replacement: Paul Bush. This is a really fine movie by him.



Stop motion by replacement

When talking about what I want to do with some archival images, for example in the articles below, I always mention the classic animation technique of ‘stop motion by replacement’. Here is an example of a very well-done use of the technique. Also with archival images: of the Apollo mission to the moon.

Contributing to Afrikadaa – Unsettling Photocollections

In Afrikadaa I publish about the artistic search I conduct on the  19th century anthropometric photocollections : the search for the context, the search for the photomaterial itself, and, most of all, the sensitive questions on how to use, by whom, and how to speak of these unsettling images. read more…

Contributing to DW B: Anthropometric photography

I have been looking into the 19th century photography, as a central means to invent and define the ‘other’. It is a very interesting part of imperial and of photographic history, and it has become the core of my research. This month I publish on this in the leading literary magazine DW B.  read more…