Photo courtesy of MetabolicStudio.org
Want to learn more about the 20 FOOT CAMERA that will be taking your photograph tomorrow Friday at 11AM on the National Mall?! Lots of info available online, of course, at http://liminal.metabolicstudio.org/, but you can also go inside the camera and see its photographs up close and personal this week in DC.
The word from the folks at the Metabolic Studio:
The Liminal Camera, simply put, is the largest portable camera in America, currently on tour on the East Coast. Built from a 20 foot shipping container in Los Angeles, the Liminal Camera is an enormous pinhole camera with a fully functional B/W darkroom, complete with AC, ventilation, water pumps, and drying equipment, all solar powered. It is mounted on a flatbed truck and being positioned in various sites along the east coast that represent spatial distress and voids, tears in our collective cultural fabric. The prints produced are 4x12 feet or 8x12 feet in size (variable aspect ratio).
Our first stop on this tour was New York City, during the 10th anniversary of 9/11, to visualize that moment of American History. After this, it travelled up the Hudson on a barge, then, back on a truck, to Rochester where it photographed the relics of the dimming optics industry, and to trace photographic silver from its mother lode in the Mojave desert to the mostly derelict processing plants along the Genesee River.
We will arrive in DC for Veterans Day, to pay tribute. The prints from the 3-month tour will be shown in DC, at the Hirshhorn along with video and audio material collected by installed, autonomous surveillance equipment and maps rendered from GPS waypoint data.
We'll be photographing sites in Anacostia and along the National Mall November 9th – 11th and encourage spectators to stop by to engage. The camera will be parked on 3rd and 4th streets on Nov 10th & 11th and between the Hirshhorn and Sculpture Park on Nov 12th, open to public at various times. Those that visit the camera will literally be standing inside of the camera itself.