A WEEKEND of events to celebrate early cinema takes place at the Library of Birmingham this weekend.
Box of Light will feature workshops and activities focusing on the days before film when magic lanterns were an important source of entertainment, using glass slides to create moving images and visual tricks. Birmingham played a key role in this pre-cinema world, producing thousands of lanterns for export, leading to the birth of the flipbook, and eventually the cinema.
The event kicks off tonight with Box of Light Variety Show at the Library's Studio Theatre and ends on Sunday.
Tonight performer Professor Heard will provide a history of lantern shows and explain how they helped pave the way for cinema. This will be followed by the Physioscope, a Victorian experiment with light and mirrors recreated for the first time in a century by Roderick MacLachlan, and the finale of the show is provided by French artist Julien Maire, whose Open Core performance includes a live dissection of a video projector.
For more details visit: www.libraryofbirmingham.com
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