The brainstorm touches upon projection, which is, obviously, a large subject in our production – we’d like to translate a couple of principles or elements established by Robertson in his ghost shows to a 21st Century theatre setting. The question is, once more, how will the music interact with the images?
We set up a meeting with people from various backgrounds, to throw up some ideas and see what sticks. It’s easier to evaluate ideas with an expert than make up dream castles in the sky.
Meeting with Thomas Weynants. Discussing Phantasmagorie and early projection techniques. We get a huge amount of information on how a historical Phantasmagorie actually took place and about the life of Robertson. Thomas also explained how he found an original lantern and how it ended up in a museum in the Middle East. There’s a kinship between a lot of early forms of entertainment: projection, magic, fairs, early cinema…
We’re reaching out to Cinema Zuid, trying to find an expert on the Phantasmagoria shows. We need to picture how they worked, what they looked like, what techniques Robertson used in creating his early projections, etc. We get referred to Mr. Thomas Weynants, media archaeologist.