Ludwig M. Vogl-Bienek is Senior Researcher in the Screen1900 research project "The Fundamentals of Digitalisation of Works in the Historical Art of Projection". In two previous Screen1900 research projects, from 2005 onwards, he explored the uses of the screen in charity and social care. He initiated the international conference Screen Culture and the Social Question which took place at the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), in December 2011. He published widely on the art of projection in the 19th century, including his dissertation Lichtspiele im Schatten der Armut (2016). With Martin Loiperdinger, he co-curated the dvd Screening the Poor 1888-1914 (2011).
Ludwig is an experienced lanternist and lantern showman. He is a founding member of the illuminago project that performs magic lantern shows internationally (Europe, the US and Canada). With the illuminago ensemble he has produced and performed media archaeological live performances and workshops since 1986. His digital lantern lectures link his scholarly research with his artistic approaches to the history of the art of projection: e.g. Sentiment in Storage:Glass Negatives in the Production of Life Model Lantern Slides / Slum Life and Living Conditions of the Poor in Fictional and Documentary Lantern Slide Sets (printed version in Vogl-Bienek and Crangle 2014, 34-63).