The Camera Obscura, 2516 years later (approx.)
Exhibition Concept taken from an exhibition proposal envisioned and designed by myself- Jennifer Dean.
The camera obscura phenomenon enables us opportunity to bare witness to the unique transpositions of objects and space
Since its discovery in early 5th Century BC, the camera obscura has remained central to human culture. As one of our oldest technologies, its use has been great and varied. Whether for science, architecture, art or philosophy, its relevance has been subject to multiple interpretations each rooted in the philosophical systems and cultures of its users across time.
Regardless of use, the camera obscura’s “connection with real time and its graphic reflection of the lived world” is perhaps the very thing that continues generationally to inspire awe in those who view it. (Uricchio, 2002, p.113)
William Uricchio in his paper, ‘There’s More To The Camera’s Obscura Than Meets The Eye’, describes its phenomenon as defining of subject-object relations. Like the captured still photograph, “The camera obscura confines and isolates its subject, effacing the viewer, while at the same time physically reinforcing his or her centrality”. (Uricchio, 2002, p.110-111)
Through enabling the marriage of two normally separate worlds, this exhibition’s unique interpretation of the camera obscura phenomenon enables us opportunity to bare witness to the unique transpositions of objects and space. In establishing these new connections with the lived world, The Camera Obscura, 2516 years later prompts our consideration as to what belies our relationship with the captured image today.