Karagöz and the Shadowengine: Digitising the Karagöz Collection of the Institut International de la Marionnette

Grant, Ian John Karagöz and the Shadowengine: Digitising the Karagöz Collection of the Institut International de la Marionnette. Ian Grant / Institut International de la Marionnette.

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Additional Information: Appendix B to my thesis "Shadows, Touch and Digital Puppeteering: A Media Archaeological Approach http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80919/" is a separate printed monograph. It presents material digitised from the collection of the Institut International de la Marionnette2 (IIM) and sets it within the context of the broader ShadowEngine project. With the generous support of a three week research residency and grant from the IIM, I photographed, processed, and 3D modelled a set of Turkish Karagöz figures, tasvirs3, and stage properties. The IIM hold approximately two-hundred and twenty-two Turkish Karagöz shadow figures, props and sets commissioned by Margaretta Niculescu and made by the puppet maker J. Çelebi (the signature on the figures) for a touring exhibition in 1982. Long since in storage, these figures have been carefully photographed and processed to enable them to move again, albeit in virtual space. Many of the figures resemble stock Karagöz ‘molds’, found in other European collections. Photography: The objects were lit either with a light box or rear-illuminated by day-light when the mounted object collections could not be dismantled from presentation boards. Textual and Visual Research: I researched the figures and the Karagöz tradition through a variety of textual and visual sources. The IIM lacked contextual information on the identity of these particular objects and provided only a few scene descriptions (in French) for figures that had been collected into vignettes to display stories and scenarios.
Keywords: Puppetry, Performance, Digital Puppetry
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0045 Theory. Philosophy. Esthetics > PN0045.5 Relation to and treatment of special elements, problems, and subjects > PN0056.A-Z Other special. Topics A-Z > PN0056.D545 Digital technologies
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama > PN1865 Special types > PN1972 Puppet theatre. General works
Depositing User: Ian John Grant
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 11:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83132

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