SLIDE SHOW of stills from documentation of the second performance of Camera Perspicuous: “The Suitcase Darkroom.”
I am fascinated with the relationship between anthropologists and their subjects throughout time. Most notably the evolution of where the anthropologist placed him or herself in the ethnographic account. Inspired by some 19th century anthropologists’ use of a suitcase as a portable darkroom in the field.
The performer here reaches through the sleeves attached in the previous performance and writes down the translation of the audio narrated behind her in the space. She dips the paper in black tea which stains the paper and exposes the text written in white correction fluid. Behind her is a projection of her shadow whose actions sometimes converge, sometimes deviate from her live actions, suggesting memory, interpretation, and translation.
Performed at Gallery ONE, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor Twshp, MI October 10, 2012.