Squares (in progress)
“Squares” is a devised, ensemble theater work, drawn from 584 cast-off snapshots processed at a Minnesota lab in 1976. I am collaborating with three New York-based theater artists as well as a Twin Cities performer. I am constructing a large-scale programmable rotating analog projection device that will also be displayed as a stand-alone visual art piece beyond the performance context. “Squares” explores shared interests among the collaborators: how the inherently theatrical nature of snapshots (often staged and performed for the camera) influences notions of truth and history; the impact of technological progress on culture and memory; the ethics of appropriation and the malleable nature of privacy; the slippery, often accidental stories we assemble about our own lives. What do these pictures - taken when each shutter click involved a specific intent, and a cost of 38 cents - mean now, when personal images are ubiquitous and valueless?