Kate Hennessy and Trudi Lynn Smith video showing anarchival materiality in archives
Residue: Proximal Interactions. British Columbia Provincial Archives. Video Still (video 4 min 32 sec). Trudi Lynn Smith and Kate Hennessy (2017).

Anarchival materiality within archives is an ongoing research-creation project that documents the generative force of entropy in archives. The force of molecular transformation, violence, displacement, and other human and non-human agencies render archival materials as fugitives, both eluding and driving preservation.

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Breath Camera: Artist Krista Caballero working with the breath camera
Breath Camera: Being worked by artist Krista Caballero, Oregon Desert Trail (2017).

The Breath Camera is a wearable camera form about impermanence: camera bellows, viewing screen, and a 3 x 9 foot darkcloth mix the fleshy with the fleeting.

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Image of a photocollage showing Dawson's 1874 image of present day Waterton Lake with collaged butterflies by Trudi Lynn Smith
Trudi Lynn Smith, Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada. 1874/2015. Composite photograph on archival rag paper. Folded, 22 x 30 cm, unfolded 71 x 109 cm. From a limited edition artist book containing the folded photograph and an academic text (published in Anthropologica), housed in an archival box.

Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Park:  A research program grounded in re-enactments of archival images to understand instability, ongoingness, and difference — what I consider as vital impulses in photography. Photographs are not only fixed as images or objects, but lively, entangled and emergent events (2003-present).

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Ethnographic Terminalia

The Ethnographic Terminalia curatorial collective explores the boundaries of anthropology and art through exhibitions, experimental installations, events and publications. Working since 2009, we’ve shown more than 150 artists in locations across North America.

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still from the 15 minute video studies for the perfect moment by Trudi Lynn Smith and Krista Caballero
Trudi Lynn Smith and Krista Caballero. Still from Studies for Making and Unmaking, 15 minute video loop (2017).

A 15 minute film loop that brings together digital and analogue archives into projections and performances. Making and unmaking encounters, curved by gusting winds, the squeak of technological breakdown, and the distortion of projections on paper.

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installation of the drift camera at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Drift Camera (a continuous slow movement) with receiver inside. Installation at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2018). Camera, hand made bellows, wood, book binding tape, silk, salvaged binocular lens, satin velvet, driftwood, table, video installation.

A continuous slow movement (drift camera) is a camera reconstructed around the force of drift as a way to use photography to think about what escapes capitalist extractivism. A proposal for how we might forge different relations to photography.

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film still by Jamie Drouin of Conduit Roundhouse
Conduit: Fingery camera. Film still by Jamie Drouin (2014).

A modified swing-lens Kodak Panoram broken and rebuilt to reconsider the interface between time and space in photographic embodiments.

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detail images of exhibition finding aid by Trudi Lynn Smth
Finding Aid (2009-date).

An ongoing performed archive and exhibitions (2009-) documenting the productive failure of re-enactments of photographs in mountain environments of Canadian National Parks.

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Installation view showing Trudi Lynn Smith under darkcloth of 16x20 camera
562 Fisgard (2011-2017).

562 Fisgard: Feminist art archives and a giant camera made for documentation collide in the present-day artist studio. Infolding people into the back of the camera during invited events about photography + duration.

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Swimming in Lake Linnet, Waterton Lakes National Park 2013
Video still. The impermanent return: Photography, protected areas, and the matter of Linnet Lake (2013).

A line in process by Jenaya Webb, an open water swimmer, anthropologist, and librarian, who I work with in parks and protected areas. This is experimental feminist praxis, fieldwork that prioritizes lake swimming as a way to explore the ‘thick description’ of embodied gestures, lines, abstraction in film and photography, the social life of rumours, and ‘swimmer’s itch’.

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Portable Camera Obscura 2009
Portable Camera Obscura (2009).

Portable Camera Obscura is an immersive technology. It is a walk-in, room-sized camera – a tent that breaks into multiple pieces to refigure relations between people, images and materials.

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Conduit Open Space showing mirrors reflecting the skylight in Open Space Gallery 2011
Conduit: Open Space by Trudi Lynn Smith (in collaboration with Jamie Drouin) (2011)

Conduit is a collaboration between myself and sound artist Jamie Drouin. Using the central skylight in Open Space Art Society as a starting point, we direct frequencies into the gallery space using simple lenses, mirrors and antennae. (2011-2013).

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