Luminous Fountains and Fairies

Fin-de-siècle Colourful Lighting Techniques and Mutating Scenography

— Evelien Jonckheere in Documenta 2019, #2

Evelien Jonckheere sheds light on the colourful luminous fountain, a spectacular technological device dating from the fin de siècle and closely intertwined with the magic lantern. Evelien presents the colourful luminous fountain in a multimodal way by analysing its spectatorship in schools, theatre, fairground and world fairs and traces its impact on the shifting perception and innovative synaesthetic scenography of artists like Loïe Fuller.

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