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…

Reproduction of a human zoo

Two Norwegian-based artists thought that the public should remember the ‘Human Zoo’ of 1914. For its hundredth birthday, they decided to reenact it. read more…

To know the pymies VIIIbis: in a changing world

The same filmmaker, Laurent Maget, made the documantary ‘Pygmées Baka, le grand virage’ in 2013. It starts with the same beautiful imagery, showing a large community of Baka in their more sedentary surroundings ‘Le Bosquet’ in Cameroun. They tell of how they got there, invited by a ‘sister’ (I presume a christian missionary) to come live there, next to a village, and create a large community. This worked, they got advantages like a school. The community attracted researchers (biologic anthropologists) who have in return a dentist pass by regularly. Then it also attracted Bantou shopkeepers. read more…

To know the pygmies VIII, working with a researcher

I finally show you something really good in the ‘To know the pygmies’ series. A documentary movie in which we follow the linguistic researcher Pascale Paulin and the Baka hunter and medicine man Sumba Ngogo Ndong Azombo Alain. First they work at the university of Lyon, then they go on a tour through the forests of Gabon. read more…