March, 9, 2020. First visit to the American Museum of Natural History. We’re about 6 weeks into the Covid-19 corona virus frenzy, which became global right before I traveled to the U.S. as part of my residency at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to my trip, I had a normal case of a […]
The Solastalgia project now has its own subsite: www.solastalgia.theappealoftheunreal.com.
A shift in research focus from visual illusions to something more relevant. Meet Solastalgia. More on this soon.
A skeuomorph object wants you to believe it’s made of another material: it’s an imitation-look. This post will expand.
The Three Motions of Loom: shuttles. An experimental non linear text on weaving as animation and time-traveling as a research method.
An experiment in animating a double sided tapestry.
Château de Breteuil near Paris, houses a collection of automata and period room dioramas, depicting historical events that may or may not have taken place in the castle. Visited Oct. 2019.
Work in progress: an overview of visual illusions and illusionist effects: suggestions of depth and/or movement.
Daguerre and Bouton’s only remaining diorama at the church of Bry-sur-Marne: a piece of religious high-tech theatre. Visited October 2019.
This is part of a text, published in April 2019 on my portfolio site. It talks about the boundaries of the diorama, and Lascaux III as a simulation.
This text was first published in April 2019 on my portfolio site. It takes a closer, critical look at one of the ‘magical’ animatronic dioramas of Dutch theme park Efteling.
Originally meant to promote a game, this 2 hours and 40 minute real time simulation, based on the actual events and timeframe of the sinking of the Titanic, displays an eerie artistic quality of its own. Devoid of human figures, the story of the disaster is told through the character of the vessel itself, a […]
London, Vol 6, edited by Charles Knight, 1844. CXLIII: Exhibitions of Art by J. Saunders. p283 – 285. Excerpt. The eye witness account of J. Saunders. (…) let us pay our two shillings in the vestibule of the exhibition, ascend the stairs, and submit ourselves to the guidance of the attendant waiting to receive and […]
Charles Wilson Peale (1741 – 1827) was an American painter, scientist, naturalist and inventor. He’s most known for his portraits, and for setting up one the first museums in the United States. Peale’s famous self portrait, ‘The Artist in His Museum’, was painted in 1822 – Peale was 83 – and has a distinct diorama’esque quality. […]
Apart from humans, there’s at least one other species associated with the production of ‘art’: the Australian/New Guinea bowerbird builds elaborate architectural constructions to lure its mate to its lair. These ‘nests’ are decorated with shells, leafs, flowers, pieces of plastic; anything the bird can find. The constructions are so sophisticated, they make use of […]
Powell Cotton Museum | Quex House & Gardens | Birchington, UK | quexmuseum.org | Visited June 2019 | Himalaya at dawn (constructed in 1905) is considered to be ‘the oldest untouched diorama of its type in any museum around the world’ (1: PC Museum Souvenir Guide, page 6) All animals on display were collected by […]
Note: this is a repost of an April 2019 entry on my portfolio website. Illusions behind glass The screen has become omnipresent in our lives: starting with TVs entering our homes, then computer monitors, smartphones, tablets, VR sets. We’re all looking through glass walls at illusions. The illusion is not confined to films, tv programs, […]