Last year, AD Projects coined the term “caméra vivant” to describe narrative, non-documentary camera-based artwork that both captures a performative act and is created with the intention of being experienced by an audience as a video or photograph. We don’t often go around inventing terms, and we deliberated for quite a while before deciding that the concept deserved to be named. We presented CAMERA VIVANT, an exhibition of work by emerging and mid-career artists, at the Central Utah Art Center in February 2011. These images explore this subcategory of new media where performance and the camera, both still and moving, intersect.
(1. Lewis Carroll, Saint George and the Dragon, 1875; 2. Kuba Bakowski, Ursa Major, Bobrek-Centrum Coal Mine, 2008; 3. Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2001; 4. Elodie Pong, Video still from Je Suis Une Bombe, 2006; 5. Narcissister, Video still from Mannequin, 2007; 6. Robert ParkeHarrison, From the series titled Architect’s Brother; 7. Bec Stupak, Video still from Flaming Creatures (Blind Remake), 2006; 8. Lucas Samaras, Photo-Transformation, 1976)