I am an artist and anthropologist.
My artistic and academic practices are platforms to address the lively political, habitual and material entanglements of photography. I focus on photography to advocate for invisible and under-represented aspects of more than human worlds. I create installations, performances, and written works to address ethics in photography and to propose new forms of collectivity.
Pup Tent Camera Obscura
I repurposed three 1980s pup-tents into camera obscuras for Imagine Our Parks, an experimental artist installation that focuses on ideas of “public funding for the arts” and “public lands” in North America.
Residue: Anarchival materiality within archives
Documenting how chemical reactions and residue – the domain of archival conservators – become important to visual anthropology and media archaeology.
A collaborative project where I modified a swing-lens Kodak Panoram to explore embodied user experience.
Installed and performed in gallery contexts, an ongoing archive and exhibition (2009-) that documents my attempts to re-enact colonial photographs in Canadian National Parks.
Breath Camera (prototype I)
I work in National Parks with scientists, tourists, artists and locals to explore and connect ecological and social complexity through photography. Prototype I is a camera bellows with fabric on the front, viewing screen material on the back and a 3 x 9 foot darkcloth to envelop the person using the device.
A giant camera made for documenting a studio space and for infolding people into the back of the camera during three invited events about photography + duration.
Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Park
A 28×43 digital composite print folded, a print of an academic paper published in Anthropologica, in an archival box. Photographs are not only fixed as images or objects, but lively, entangled and emergent events.