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 practices of photography to advocate for invisible and under-represented aspects of more than human worlds. I create installations and performances 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.

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pup tent camera obscura in a burned landscape

Residue: Anarchival materiality within archives

A collaborative project documenting how chemical reactions and residue – the domain of archival conservators – become important to visual anthropology and media archaeology.

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Image from the Chicago Field Museum archives showing anarchival materiality

Conduit: Roundhouse

A collaborative project where I modified a swing-lens Kodak Panoram to explore embodied user experience.

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film still by Jamie Drouin of Conduit Roundhouse

Finding Aid

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.

detail images of exhibition finding aid by Trudi Lynn Smth

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.

Breath Camera Prototype 1 being tested at Mapping Meaning 2016. By Trudi Lynn Smith

562 Fisgard

A giant camera made for a studio space to record as we peeled back a wall, and three events to talk about photography + duration with artists and people who meditate.

Installation view showing Trudi Lynn Smith under darkcloth of 16x20 camera

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. I write about how photographs not are only fixed as images or objects, but lively, entangled and emergent events.

Anthropologica paper with butterfly photo