Schijnvis / Showfish / Poisson Brillant

With the help of a transparant fish egg, two cat's whiskers and a small piece of copper paper, Sarah Vanagt tries to recall some of the earliest microscopic images. "Schijnvis / Showfish / Possion Brilliant" is a new installation consisting of five magic lantern projections & two video projections.

Camera: Artur Castro Freire & Sarah Vanagt

Photo on glass (collodion): Studio Baxton, Brussels

Scientific advice: Prof. Paul Simoens , Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University

Historical research and advice about the magic lantern: Nele Wynants

With thanks to Hanna De Saffel and Andy Willaert (Center for Medical Genetics Ghent), Sabine Lenk, Ludwig Vogl-Bienek & Karin Bienek

Produced by Balthasar, 2016

With support of

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds / VAF)

Biennale de l'image possible (BIP, Liège)

Research Centre for Visual Poetics (Antwerp University)

Muhka, Antwerp

Argos, Centre for Art & Media, Brussels


The research group Visual Poetics invited film artist Sarah Vanagt to develop a project inspired by magic lantern slides and projectors in the Robert Vrielynck Collection. Between 2011 and 2013 the Vrielynck Collection was the source of research developed into a series of exhibitions curated by Edwin Carels featuring artists such as Julien Maire, Zoe Beloff, and David Blair. Sarah Vanagt is the fourth artist that has been invited to engage with the Vrielynck Collection.