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DFB'07 SPECIAL EVENT

STAND POINT - CAMERA OBSCURA


what: The Camera Obscura
where: Andersons Mill Smeaton
when: 10 - 4 Friday to Monday

STANDPOINT [2006]


INSTALLATION WITH WOOD, STEEL AND OPTICAL DIOPTER
by Renato Colangelo and Darren Davison


A camera obscura, from the Latin camera [room] obscura [dark] is literally a darkened room with a small hole in the wall or window covering. Daylight enters and the scene outside is projected onto the opposite interior wall. The projection is upside-down and back-to-front, but nonetheless, the action, colour and detail of the world outside is transformed into a moving, two-dimensional image. Embodying the pleasures of spectatorship and the manipulation of light to capture images, the camera obscura foreshadowed both the cinema and the still camera

The camera obscura has been utilised for entertainment, scientific enquiry and artistic endeavour. Painters used portable versions to enable them to trace the subject of their work directly onto paper, simplifying the difficulties of accurately rendering perspective.

Renato Colangelo and Darren Davison's Standpoint is a large, walk in camera obscura constructed in front of the Andersons Mill. By entering the light lock, visitors can see the beauty of the historical bluestone mill in a spectacular 9 metre wide inverted projection, and share the experience of seeing the world 'captured' that fascinated audiences 500 years ago.

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