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Camera for Public Use

24 Apr 2014 by In

Camera for Public Use

Choreographer / Dancer

Old photographs were placed on sites in downtown Bangor where they were originally taken, and several disposable cameras were set up in the exact angle/direction of the original camera. Signs invited people to take a photo, and through research we found persons still living in Bangor who were either in the original photo taken, or remembered the events depicted in the photograph, (for example one photo was of the old cathedral when it caught on fire.) We conducted and recorded oral interviews with them to broaden our understanding through personal accounts of the historical events depicted in the photographs. These oral interviews were played back on tape recorders on site next to the cameras, so people who were passing could choose whether or not they wished to take a photo.
We used these interviews, the original photos, and the sites as they exist today (much transformed) to create movement pieces on each site that explored some of the issues inherent in the subjects of the photos and their relevance or irrelevance to the physical, social and political aspects of the sites today. 
The photos taken by the public and were displayed on an exhibition featuring an interactive map of present and past Bangor in a gallery located in downtown Bangor. 
Collaborators / Performers
Christin Meador
Jak Peters
John Daigle 
Wil Kristin
Joel Tomar Levine