The Wonder Show presents contemporary reinterpretations of the Victorian popular art form of the magic lantern show that once entertained and educated audiences before the beginning of cinema. In creating contemporary magic lantern shows, we are interested in exploring collaborative storytelling processes between artists, performers, writers, cultural institutions, and everyday people.
• Discover new forms of multimedia story-telling
• Connect the public to historic materials: stories, photographs, and technologies.
• Experiment with different optical technologies and techniques
• Engage broad and diverse communities
Anya is a writer, educator, and cultural producer based in Providence, RI. Previously she has lived in Hong Kong, Taipei, Rotterdam, and Chicago. Her work often intersects public history and contemporary art to explore media, history, memory, and place.
Carolyn is interested in the ways in which our visual experiences shape and develop the ways in which we understand the world around us. Currently, she is focused on how Victorian optical devices can provide a case study for how individuals experienced visual culture during the 19thcentury. She has worked within several cultural institutions doing work as a docent, curator, and researcher and is excited by work that involves community interpretation and collaboration.