Burlesques: cinéma!

Very honoured to be invited for a lecture-performance in la Cinémathèque française in Paris by Céline Ruivo, on Friday 8 December 2017, at 20h. I introduce a series of French and American slapstick comedies that picture the very act of making movies. Based on those films I open with a 15 min lecture-performance that features a selection of images, advertisements, behind-the-scenes photographs, star portraits, the Lafograph, Victorian finger art and more of the funnities one can do with archival prints. Hope to see you there!

CineMacine II: media fantasy films

Thanks to Anne Reijniers and Eva Van Tongeren for inviting me to present my Lafograph on the Visite festival in Het Bos, Antwerp, on 25 February 2017. I will discuss my passion for silent comedy and demonstrate how slapstick is in fact the dream state of reality. Accompanying me on the piano is the imcomparable Hilde Nash!

CineMacine: slapstick shoots photography

On 3 April 2016 I bring a performative lecture in deBuren, Brussels, on the occasion of the conference "Photography Performing Humour" organized by Mieke Bleyen and Liesbeth Decan of the Lieven Gevaert Research Center for Photography. Joining me is Dutch photographer Paulien Oltheten who will talk about her very funny body of work. The theme of my presentation is "Slapstick shoots photography" or the representation of photography as comedy subject in slapstick shorts. Do come and join us!

Slapstick Dislexicon

On Saturday November 16, 2013, at 5:30 pm I bring a new performative version of my Slapstick Dislexicon, this time in Brussel's Cinematek on the occasion of the celebration of its 75 year anniversary. Please feel warmy invited to attend!
address: Baron Hortastraat, Brussels, very close to Brussels' central train station.


On Monday December 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm and on Wednesday December 19 at 5:30 pm, I host a lecture-screening on my research into Mack Sennett film photography, illustrated with the films (fragments), photographs and other visual material that inspired the dissertation.
You are very welcome in KASKcinema, Godhuizenlaan 4, in Gent.

Dislexicon Live

The artist book Dislexicon of Slapstick Humor, Funny Cinematography, and Very Special Effects is launched at the occasion of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 in Smart Talk: Movies and Magic, a talk show hosted by Rick De Leeuw, with guests Serge Bromberg, Will Houstoun, Theodore Van Houten and myself. Some terms of the Dislexicon are brought in an animated version. Please feel warmly invited.

Saturday January 28, 2012, 9 PM, Kleine Zaal van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg

Smart Talk: Movies and Magic
blogged by Wim Jansen: Seeing is Believing

 Het Bos, Antwerp, 25 Febr. 2017     
 Cinémathèque française 8 dec. 2017     
 Cinémathèque française 8 dec. 2017     
 Cinémathèque française 8 dec. 2017     
 Cinematek 16 Nov. 2013     
 Cinematek 16 Nov. 2013