Noam M. Elcott

credit: Moritz Wehrmann

Prof. Dr. Noam M. Elcott

Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology
at Columbia University New York

In Residence

June 2018

Research Project

As a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies BildEvidenz History and Aesthetics, Elcott is advancing an ongoing project on phantasmagoria, trompe l’oeil, and other intersections between art, media, and illusions. He will present a paper titled „Medium-Specific Trompe l’oeil: Notes Toward a History and Theory.“

Research Interests

  • Historical avant-garde
  • Art, photography, and film
  • Genealogies of the screen
  • Art and illusions
  • Media archaeology


„Material. Human. Divine. Notes on the Vertical Screen.“ In Screens Unbound—from the Optical to the Environmental, edited by Francesco Casetti, Rüdiger Campe and Craig Buckley. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming 2019.

„The Cinematic Imaginary and the Photographic Fact: Media as Models for 20th Century Art.“ PhotoResearcher, no. 29 (2018): 7-23.

„Smoke Screen.“ Aperture, no. 231 (2018): 72-77.

„The Phantasmagoric Dispositif: An Assembly of Bodies and Images in Real Time and Space.“ Grey Room 62 (Winter 2016): 42-71.

Artificial Darkness: An Obscure History of Modern Art and Media. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.


Noam M. Elcott

Kolleg-Forschergruppe BildEvidenz

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14195 Berlin