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La révolution des images

Nadar père et fils / interview photographique de Chevreul, 1886

Starting Monday January 7th 2013 Benoît Peeters will give a lecture at the ISELP in Brussels until 15th April 2013 on almost every Monday. This serie of lectures will have the title “The revolution of images, Töpffer to Méliès.”

The lecture will take you through the nineteenth century in particular, but without missing a few forays into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course will discuss the major changes experienced with images by becoming reproducible, sequential and mobile.

The caricature, the illustrated books, the comic books, photography and cinema are all interlinked and this course will show you the connections and gateways between these domains.

Benoît Peeters will discuss colorful characters like Töpffer, Grand-ville, Nadar, Muybridge, Marey, Edison, the Lumière brothers, Melies and Winsor McCay. There will escapements to Gérôme, Meissonier and Degas, but also Darwin, Clément Ader, Walter Benjamin, Edward Hopper, Chris Marker and William Kentridge.

Benoît Peeters explains (in French) more about this lecture in the following video.


During the period of the courses ISELP will also present three movies. Related to the course of Benoît Peeters they willl show the following movies 1):

  • 16 January 2013 - L’univers de Winsor McCay (10 courts-métrages), Winsor McCay, 1911-1921, USA. 95’
  • 23 January 2013 - Sélection de courts-métrages de Georges Méliès, 1896-1911, France. 100’
  • 30 January 2013 - Le dernier plan, Benoît Peeters, 2000, Belgique. 90’

The movies are shown in L’Auditoire at 15:00 hrs. The entrance is free.

Eadweard Muybridge, 'Woman Dancing (Fancy)', 1887.

The lectures can be followed in its entirety or a la carte for a fee of € 8 per session. The complete course costs between 40 and 60 euros 2).

ISELP - Institut supérieur pour l'étude du langage plastique
bd. de Waterloo 31 / Waterlooln. 31
1000 - Bruxelles / Brussels

  • Mondays from 18h to 20h
  • January 14, 21, 28 February 4, 18 and 25, March 11, 18 and 25, April 15
  • First lecture will be at Monday 7 January 2013, from 18h until 19h