Postdoc: MAJSOVA Natalija (UCL) | Supervisor: MARION Philippe (UCL)
Two types of slide can be found in Belgian archives: next to commercially produced slides there are a large number of “self-made” slides which this subproject will study. Several collections (Holy Grave, Kadoc) indicate that sets of slides preserved in their original order and used for lectures often mix photographically reproduced images from print media with handmade drawings, handwritten texts, diagrams and, sometimes, also (amateur) photographs. This Postdoc will analyse the iconographic characteristics of these slides. These possess a special aesthetics: traces in the image reveal the process of appropriation of single (printed) pictures that are not only taken out of their original context, but also reframed into a sequential order to support the logic of a lecture. The Postdoc will concentrate on this process of reframing, looking for strategies for constructing a visual discourse, and for iconographic patterns serving the slides’ function (education, information, mobilization, indoctrination). It will try to map this totally unexplored field of self-made slide sets for lectures, which can be studied thanks to their being preserved and documented in the abovementioned collections. The Postdoc will therefore provide the first systematic analysis of this practice.