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Artistic Research in Optical Media

The “Taking Shades and Making Silhouettes” workshop was the opportunity to let the American photographers, Mark and France Osterman take us back to pre-photographic times showing the charms of the silhouette portrait and its technical challenges by using the pantograph.

The “Seductive Artefacts” workshop, taught by the researchers Rod Bantjes and Ana David Mendes, consisted of a hands-on workshop building on experimental research with optical media such as camera obscuras, stereoscopes and optical theatres. Some of these apparatuses were redesigned or readjusted to challenge depth perception and to foster new artistic approaches in photography or drawing.