Olivia Barr #ALD14 @findingada

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Artist and NYCResistor member Olivia Barr creates projects with technology with a focus on photography. This past year, she has launched her Not-A-Camera project, introducing a “conceptually driven fashion to tech wearable camera”:

NOT-A-CAMERA is a REAL camera designed to look like a fake 2D camera etched into wood that shoots HD video and 3.5mb jpgs. Yep, it’s a functional camera, a spy camera laser cut in solid walnut and only half an inch thick. There is also a mirror front version for snapping a selfie. I originally made NOT-A-CAMERA as a gift for my grandma, Olivia Barr, who is 101 years old. I’m named after her and the third generation Olivia in my family. She started taking photos in her 90s and I wanted to make her a camera that was light and easy to use.

I am also inviting individual artists to work with NOT-A-CAMERA. Check out images and video from the ongoing project on tumblr.

And here’s an artist statement from her MoMA PS1 Studio Visit mini-profile:

I am rooted in photography and my work plays upon the mechanics of the photographic process as installation. I hone elements such as time, light, shadows, and lenses to insert images into the public sphere. My work indulges both the illusionist magic show and the low-fi inventiveness of photography’s beginnings.

The images themselves encompass signifiers that are at once environmental, historic, and personally based. Each project relies on specific locations in the public sphere to shape meaning. My projects seek to create a space where ideas of history and cultural values can be rearranged or translated through innovations of context. (read more)

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