29 Camera Pluralis
Ex: exhibit - installation
Socrates Sculpture Park
Queens, New York, USA
N 40°46’07” - W 73°56’12”
Camera Pluralis is a series of ocular landscape devices positioned throughout the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York. Based on the optical mechanics of the Camera Obscura , or “Dark Room” from Latin, each device produces an image of an impossible landscape when viewed by more than one person. By superimposing light from multiple vectors and focal distances onto a single viewing surface the spatial separation that defines the boundaries between the park (foreground), surrounding industrial infrastructure (midground), and Manhattan Skyline (background) is compressed. This visual compression inverts the scalar cues that invoke the extensive and programmatic boundaries that define the sounding landscapes.
Each devices is activated when viewed simultaneously by multiple people. This communal trigger operates at a tactile and immediate level. Each image that is produced is documented and displayed on the project web-site, generating a secondary communal experience. Each images it cataloged using environmental meta-data. These can latter be cross-referenced to generate collections of impossible landscapes based on time of day, temperature humidity, time of year, and light level.
Michael Leighton Beaman
Architectural League of New York + Socrates Sculpture Park