Technical notes on the camera obscura:

 

• The LENS of the camera was custom built: It is an achromatic Doublet lens with 6 inches diameter and 102 inches focal length (f/17). The lens is fully coated to reduce reflections.

 

• The CAMERA was built under strict specifications to meet both public access codes and the needs of the artistic project which require the camera to be portable (able to be re-installed in different sites), large enough to accommodate as many as 25 people at a time.

 

• Our eyes naturally see things upside down; it is our brain that processes the image "right side up".

 

• Revealed Portfolio 1.0 consists of 22 photographs

 

• Revealed portfolio photos are archival pigment ink prints and measure 24" X 24"

 

• Portfolio 1.0 was created with a Hasselblad H2 camera with a 22 MP Leaf back, June, 2006.

 

A special portfolio of high quality photographic prints have been created using this camera obscura and featuring images from the site-specific performance. For information on viewing and purchasing these prints, please contact Stephan Koplowitz at skoplowitz@gmail.com

 

For more information about REVEALED or any questions, please write to the same address. REVEALED is actively seeking producing partners and sites for future installations and performances. Please contact Stephan Koplowitz at skoplowitz@gmail.com with any questions or information.

Untitled (Ethiopia Suite)

Commissioned as part of “Brooklyn Dances to Brooklyn Music” curated by Burl Hash at Celebrate Brooklyn, April 27, 28, 1986. Performed at the Prospect Park Picnic House, Brooklyn, New York.

 

Special Thanks to Burl Hash,  Elizabeth Reese, Elise Bernhardt and The Packer Collegiate Institute

Notes on the production...

Untitled (Ethiopia Suite) was my first commission in New York City and came about when Burl Hash saw my work, I'm Growing at the Prospect Bandshell in 1985.

I discovered that inside the space at the Prospect Park Picnic House, there was a wall that pulled out of one of the walls (the space is used for receptions and other events). The wall inspired the creation of a 16 ft x 32 ft composite image (using xerox images) that was used as the backdrop for this multi-generational work. 

Burl Hash paired me with award winning composer Stafford James and I choreographed the work to his score, Ethiopia Suite.

 

1986

Choreographed and Visual Art by Stephan Koplowitz

 Original Score by Stafford James

 

Dancers:  Barry Oreck, Jessica Nicoll, Valerie Gutwirth, Reinaldo DePalmer, Jamie Alex, Corey McBeth, Troy Small, Lindsey Shuford, Victor Lam and Hilary Green,

 

Musicians featured on the recording: Mineko Yajima (violin), Susan Shumway (violin), Jennie Hansen (viola), Lutz Rath (cello), Victor Lewis (drums), Guillerme Franco (percussion), Buster Williams (bass) & Stafford James (bass)