Mareorama Resurrected

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February 15, 2011

Mareorama Souvenir Postcard, 1900


Maréorama Resurrected
An Illustrated Presentation by Media Archaeologist
Erkki Huhtamo

Saturday, February 26, 2011
8 o’clock PM

Tickets $10

{$8 VPES Members, Students, Seniors}
Advance tickets available online at

Please join us in welcoming Professor Erkki Huhtamo to The Velaslavasay Panorama, here to present an illustrated lecture and demonstration on the subject of the most magnificent moving panorama spectacle ever staged - Hugo d'Alesi's Maréorama,an illustionisticsea excursion on the Mediterranean.

First presented at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900 to jubilant acclaim, the Maréorama was to be one of the last entertainments of its kind. Professor Huhtamo will place the Maréorama within the history of the moving panorama storytelling tradition, and will also present a reconstruction of several sequences of the Maréorama based on illustrations preserved in his own collection.

The demonstration will also be accompanied by the original piano music composed for the Maréorama by the then well-known saloon composer Henri Kowalski - which will be heard here for the first time in more than 110 years!  


Erkki Huhtamo works as Professor of Media History and Theory at UCLA, and has published extensively on media archaeology, an emerging approach he has pioneered. Professor Huhtamo's most recent books are Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications (co-edited with Jussi Parikka, University of California Press, 2011) and a forthcoming monograph titled Illusions in Motion: a Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles.


The Velaslavasay Panorama