Obscurus Projectum

By Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

October 1–30, 2015 • Dates and times vary. Please see description for details.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission

“Our current fascination with the camera obscura has to do with reimagining and recasting this “bare” technological apparatus as the earliest, if not the first, projection of the world, or simply world projection.”—Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder

Simple, centuries-old technology reframes the recognizable San Francisco Bay in Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s Obscurus Projectum. Collaborators since 2000, Gibson and Recoder’s work explores the materiality of film and projection. These interests have evolved to include the projective technique of dark chambers perforated by natural light, described by the artists as the earliest prototype for a “micro-cinema, or more precisely, live-cinema projection” phenomena. For Obscurus Projectum, Gibson and Recoder transform the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum into such a spectacle, drawing cinematic inspiration from a window overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder are renowned artistic collaborators whose installation works and performances have been featured at countless international institutions and festivals. Using film projectors, celluloid strips, deviating lenses, and manual interventions, they create ephemeral light sculptures that transform the projection room into an immersive experience. In 2013 as a commission by Mad. Sq. Art they created Topsy-Turvy, a large-scale, walk-in camera obscura pavilion that flipped Manhattan's iconic Flatiron building upside-down. Their installations and live performances have been featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, REDCAT, Ballroom Marfa, Sundance Film Festival, and the Serralves Foundation. They are currently artists in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. 

Schedule of Viewing Times
Thursday, October 1 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. 
Friday, October 2 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 9 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Saturday October 10 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 15 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 16 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday, October 23 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 29 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 30 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.