The optical projection of images has a long history. Technologies first developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries still exist, archaeologically embedded in today’s digital PowerPoint presentations. This introductory chapter outlines this broad history as a background for the individual chapters that follow. It identifies key moments of technological reconfiguration, working backwards from PowerPoint to the first inventors of the magic lantern. It unpacks the strange couplet ‘magic...[Show more]
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