image showing a tent in Yellowstone National Park with projection of Artist's Point on the side
Study for “The Perfect Moment” 2016

Imagine Our Parks launched on June 13, 2016. Developed by artists Trudi Lynn Smith and Krista Caballero, it is an experimental artist installation that investigates contested boundaries, shifting borders, territories, and crossings. It was a site-specific installation of camera obscura tents, video and still projections, portable field desks, performance, and poetry. The project began as a tongue-in-cheek response to Imagine Your Parks, a call for artworks created by the USAmerican National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Park Service (NPS). We created a call to action to address what we think is missing in the NEA/NPS call, specifically to think through and address the contestation/complexity of “public funding for the arts” and “public lands”.

In June 2016 selected artists joined us both virtually and physically at four locations beginning in (present-day) Yellowstone National Park in changing camp site and field site installations. The project journeyed from Yellowstone to the City of Rocks National Reserve, ID; Oregon Desert Trail, OR; and Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, CA.

Full information can be found on our project website.

Pup Tent Camera Obscura

Pup tent camera obscuras

Pup tent camera obscuras. Two pup tents with knapsacks for solo trips: recovered vintage materials, darkout fabric, a set of simple lenses for close up and distant views. Tent footprint each 1.5 m x 2.1 m. Created for Imagine Our Parks, installations with selected participants in summer 2016.

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Blogging at “The Perfect Moment”

Krista and I are writing about on our upcoming experiment over at In our first post, we write about how “The Perfect Moment”  started as a tongue-in-cheek response to the US’s NEA/NPS call for applications, Imagine Your Parks. As

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Imagine Our Parks

IOP is looking for nine artists to join us at different places along an artist-led expedition beginning in (present-day) Yellowstone National Park, (the first USAmerican national park) and traveling along the 42nd parallel…

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