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Capture
2006/ 2007
Capture
2006/ 2007
Durational Performance 4 hours
60"x48"x48" wooden box, digital camera

This solo performance takes place inside an enclosed wooden box. There is only one aperture through which to see the performance and the mechanism for viewing is to take a photograph using the flash of a digital camera. The images are those taken by individual audience members during the course of the performance. The enclosed structure of Capture conjures images of imprisonment and isolation, while the private viewing mechanism evokes a peephole or one way mirror. With only one viewer watching at a given time, the act of viewing itself becomes central to the reading of the work. In a suspenseful cat and mouse game, the viewers are enticed to "capture" the evocative performance and to create a meaningful image using the camera. Yet the performance itself is elusive, the viewer cannot predict what it is s/he will see when the shutter is released, and it disappears before it can truly be known or understood. Given the limitation of frozen image, the viewers are forced to accept the partial information they are provided with, to compare their observations with other viewers, and to create meaning out of fragments and images provided.

Capture has been performed three times, at Warehouse 1310, San Francisco, CA (4 hours), Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA (4 hours), and Studio Soto, Boston, MA (12 hours)