The OUT-INVERSE research project focuses on the Camera Obscura phenomenon in specific spatial situations. Essentially, it is a perceptual installation that casts a different light on space and evokes new spatial conceptions. After carrying out various different test set-ups with the Camera Obscura, a mobile walkable Camera Obscura was developed. A caravan was adapted into a mobile Camera Obscura to create a perceptual tool that can be used to observe the surrounding space in different places, both in an urban and landscape-related context. Several built-in lenses in the caravan’s walls and ceiling are individually openable or closable, enabling views in different directions. Through the altered perception offered by the Camera Obscura and the notation of the animated images projected on the inside, the installation could also serve as an artistic tool to analyse a location, including for purposes of architectural design, e.g. when inspecting a competition area. Besides its use in soft tourism, the Camera Obscura could also become a valuable aid in the meditative and medical-therapeutic sector. The silent animated projections inside the camera with their meditative character are bound to have a calming effect on the viewer’s mental health. 

 

Project duration:
2012 – 2013

Project management:
Institute of Spatial Design, TU Graz

Financing:
aws-impulse (Austria Wirtschaftsservice)

Projectpartnership:
Architekturbüro balloon

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