Magic!
A multi-media workshop on trickery

Magic!

Children are exposed to lots of new media (computer games, internet) and conventional electronic media (TV, cinema). The workshop helps them to understand how media can trick their audience. The kids are less trapped and more critical once they know how to do the tricks, the magic effects, themselves. The workshop aims to give children an opportunity to create “magic” and its makings by working with simple principles with a digital video camera. The main principles used in the workshop are animation, perspective and green screen effect.
The participants learn animating an object with stop motion technique with digital photo camera, creating illusion working with perspective and creating illusion working with green screen effect.
The workshop can be adjusted in length, number and age (children, teenagers, young adults) of the participants etc.
The workshop premiered at the Montessori School Hausen, Stuttgart, Mai 2010

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Magic Moves! (Part II of “Magic!”)
Learn how to fly – Greenscreen workshop for floating bodies

Once the participants have learned the trickery of green-screen work and stop-motion animation, they become performers in their own works. This workshop focusses on the connection between digital media and the body. “Magic Moves!” not only explains special effects in film productions – for example the art of flying due to green screen – it actually trains these techniques with the participants. 
The workshop asks children to both – command media technology and to perform for their own media production.

The workshop can be adjusted in length, number and age (children, teenagers, young adults) of the participants etc.
Both workshops can be merged as a longer one.

History

The workshop was conducted at the Montessori School Hausen, Stuttgart, Mai 2010 during Hiroko Tanahashi’s participation in artist-in-residency program at Schloss Solitude.