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Camera Obscura Artists Invite Participants to Share in Their Work

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By Lookout Staff

August 29, 2019 -- The two artists in residence at Santa Monica's Camera Obscura Art Lab will hold a series of workshops and events next month that invite participants to explore their bodies and the world around them in novel ways, Cultural Affairs officials said.

Costume designer and photographer Mimi Haddon uses fiber sculpture "as a tool to explore archetypes," while photographer Natalja Kent "investigates embodiment, movement, flaws and materiality through the expanding parameters of photography," organizers said.

On Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Hadden takes her work outdoors to "activate the urban landscape with temporary soft sculptural interventions."

Temporary Art Interventions by Mimi Haddon
Temporary Art Interventions by Mimi Haddon (Courtesy City of Santa Monica

"Bring empty doorways to life! Personify the crack in the sidewalk! See your everyday environment in a different light and document the moment" using a camera or smartphone, organizers said.

After restoring the area to its original state, participants will return with the artist to Camera Obscura at 1450 Ocean Avenue to discuss the experience.

Throughout Haddon's residency, which ends November 13, she will document "the archetypes and characters that participants create in response to transformative costuming."

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In her work, Haddon is considering "ideas of adaptation and territory, utilizing mask, costume and movement with posed members of the public," organizers said.

Haddon will be looking for participants to pose for photographs that could be included in her Camera project book.

During her residency, Kent is continuing a project titled "Movement Artifact," which "tracks internal and external changes that occur as people engage with their bodies and with art.

On Wednesday, September 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., she will hold a "Body Scan Meditation and Drawing" session that offers "a guided meditation based on the tenets of Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)."

During the session, participants "dive into their own sensations and develop a self-scan of their body," organizers said. The group is then "guided through making cyanotype prints while maintaining the meditative state."

"Utilizing embodied and creative practices, her residency project and public events are completely entwined, with participants engaging in sessions of movement and meditation followed by photography and other image making," organizers said.

For a full schedule of events with the artists in residence and to reserve a spot click here

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