Camera Obscura Refined

Projection of the camera obscurer (what's outside the space) onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing clouds moving across the sky

Folkestone Fringe

‘Camera Obscura Refined’, Studio 8, 14 Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent
Solo Installation, Folkestone Fringe / Folkestone Triennial 2011.

Projection of a film onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing clouds moving across the sky
‘Camera Oscura Refined’: Sky and some buildings projected upside down onto the ceiling and the walls of the studio space.

During the 2011 Folkestone Triennial, Kate opened up her studio as part of the newly formed Folkestone Fringe. Visitors climbed the 78 stairs to the top studio 8 in the B&B on Tontine Street to be faced by a seemingly pitch-black room. It takes 20 minutes for the average human eyes to adapt to darkness, but in a shorter time, they were able to see the sky and some buildings projected upside down onto the ceiling and the walls of the space.

By blacking out the window and leaving a small round hole (8mm in diameter) via the phenomena of camera obscura, what light was outside the space was projected inside of the space. 

Projection of a film onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing a tall building projected
Looking up at the window in the Studio 8 space. The buildings opposite are projected onto the ceiling and sidewalls.
Projection of a film onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing clouds and buildings
Kate also painted the area of the studio which was projected, white and all that was in the shade, dark grey, to enhance the experience.

Moving clouds, were captured by hanging sheets of perspex, which were positioned to abstract the projection.

Visitors sit in contemplation as they view the projection of a film onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing clouds and buildings
Visitors sit in contemplation as they view the projection of a film onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing clouds and buildings

A man and child viewing the phenomena.

Projection of a film onto the walls of Kate's studio space showing clouds moving across the sky
See the clouds moving in this animated Gif image.

‘Camera Obscura’ means dark chamber in Latin and is how a camera works.