Intl. Panorama Council Conf. 2013

The International Panorama Council Conference, Nov 22nd-25th, 2013

The International Panorama Council (IPC) conference  in Lucerne, Switzerland, Nov. 22nd – 25th, 2013 was utterly fabulous. The conference was extremely well planned and coordinated and  Lucerne was about the most beautiful city I have seen – a treasure.  (Be sure to check out the IPC's amazing website.)


This was the first time I had attended this conference.  Ernst Storm, President of the IPC and Patrick Deicher, Secretary-General of the IPC, set a supportive and welcoming tone for participants which made it easy to talk to presenters and share information.   In addition, I had the  pleasure of meeting moving panorama experts I have been reading about for some time:   Ralph Hyde from London, author of Panoramania!;  Mimi Colligan from Australia, author of Canvas Documentaries; artist and visionary Sara Velas from the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles, CA and independent researcher Suzanne Wray from New York City among others.


All the conference presentations were fascinating.  The highlight for me was David Brill’s presentation of the moving panorama London to Hong Kong in Two Hours.  It was painted by his great, great grandfather John Lab Primus (1799-1875) and great grandfather John Lamb Secundus (1839-1909).  The 12” high by 173 foot long canvas is housed in the Museum of London. It has recently been photographed and digitally stitched together so that it could be shown using a laptop, projecting the images  onto a screen.  In addition, David Brill had the delightful narrative written by the artists.  He was able to scroll through the  panorama while reading the narrative.  The painted scenes on the scroll were beyond gorgeous.  David has since graciously shared pictures and information  with me about his family’s  treasure.  Look for more about this panorama in the “History” section of this website (once I overcome some technical issues).

Finally, I gave my combination talk/crankie performance – Crankies: Reinventing the Moving Panorama as Contemporary Folk Art(Thank you to Erkki Huhtamo for helping me with the title.) It was part Power Point presentation, part crankie performance with shadow puppetry and part “mini crankie fest “ as I was able to bring some miniature crankies to pass around.   I talked about the revival of this art form and crankie artists who have been  an inspiration to me:  Elizabeth LaPrelle, Anna Roberts-Gevalt,  Kathrine Fahey,  Joanna Hruby and Dejah Leger.  

My husband made a box for me that folds up and could be put in the overhead bin on the plane.  Here's a picture of it on the coffee table, ready to be put into a bag.

Here is the box all set up and ready to go. Several people have asked to see the presentation.  It wasn’t videotaped but I will be able to reconstruct some of the information for you. I will post it here at a later date.

Finally, I want to thank independent researcher Suzanne Wray for encouraging me to attend the conference (I am so glad I did) and for helping me with the shadow puppetry on the fly!  Many people sent well wishes to me on  Facebook and through email – thank you!

Intl. Panorama Council Conference - 2015, Namur, Belgium

I made this smaller crankie, the scroll is 11" high, to show at the International Panorama Council conference in Namur, Belgium. With the smaller size, I could fit the crankie box in a suitcase that went in the overhead bin in the plane.  I put the scrolls in a backpack and carried those with me on the plane as well.  That way, if the airline lost my checked bag, I was still in business!

The scroll is black Tyvek images, both maching cut and hand cut, and tissue paper glued to white Tyvek.

We were recenty given a hand-cranked phon0graph from the 1920s.  I am combining some of the smaller crankies with old 78s.  Great fun! See below.