George Black Camera Obscura

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Organized by Donald Lawrence in partnership with the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival took place in Dawson City Yukon in 2015. An international group of thirteen artists, curators, scholars and students created temporary cameras obscura around town, had two gallery-based exhibitions and offered public lectures and workshops. Donald Lawrence’s George Black Camera Obscura was designed for and mounted on the side of the George Black, the ferry that crosses the Yukon River at Dawson City. Peering inside ferry, passengers saw a rear projection on varnished linen of the town of Dawson City and Yukon River landscape sweeping across 180˚ as the ferry made its short crossing of the river — twenty-four hours a day during the northern light that surrounds summer solstice. The Festival’s collective projects were realized with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Thompson Rivers University, with subsequent gallery-based exhibitions supported by the Kamloops Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge, McMaster University and the Yukon Arts Centre.


Posted: 28 May, 2019


Category: Cameras Obscuras


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