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EARLY VISUAL MEDIA

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VISUAL MEDIA: A PICTORIAL MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY
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  • Vintage Visual Media displays a very wide field of wondrous devices which opens a lot of opportunities for research and discovering in the field of Media Archaeology. But, what kind of Early Media are considered to be Visual Media, forerunners and research topics in Media Archaeology, predesessors of today's Multimedia, Virtual Reality, and Time-Based Media techniques? Obviously, most media are visible but it's clear that this web site will focus on a much more spectacular interpretation of these combined words. To find out, visit this online Archaeological Media_Museum.





  • A possible explanation is that all media where people try to reconstruct the visible world around us for artistic and / or entertainment purposes falls within the scope of this web site. Many devices on the subsequent pages found their way in contemporary sophisticated techniques.

Mockery portrait of Thomas


anonymous photographer
Ghent 36 th. edition Film Festival - 2009
Early Visual Media is a Peepshow into the Multimedia Pre-History

  • This web site will NOT handle about traditional, painting, sculpturing, theatre, ...etc., although a lot of the possibilities seen in these techniques will be used in the previously mentioned artistic media.

  • The Peepshow, as depicted left, is only one of the many early visual optical trickery devices we know.
     
  • The reason why I include these intriguing devices on my Visual Media web pages will become much clearer when visiting them.

  • Without being superior, the explained items have something not seen in all other art works.
    In many cases however 'Visual Media' can be found, hidden, in traditional visual works of art.
  • Sometimes Visual media are easy recognized but often the "extra part " can be very well hidden or misleading. Mostly we see these things in their natural appearance but often we see an illusion created on purpose. Obviously, cinema is easy being recognized as an example of visual media. The latter is less obvious identified when we focus on Holbein's "The Ambassadors" where the image of a skull is hidden with the aid of anamorphic painting techniques.

  • Indeed, in many cases, the visual media are manipulating our eyes or we will have to use our eyes in a less obvious way, with or without the use of extra instruments, optical or not. Visual Media are capable to conjure up things that are not there and make us to see effects that did not happen.

  • But many of the selected items are visual media, without any hidden aspect but clearly visible "effect", simply because they were produced with the aid of other instruments, part of this history, optical or not.
    Due to limited availability of images and copyright restrictions, this web site will always be incomplete but at the same time searching for new information to add.

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