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.

Conceived and Directed by Stephan Koplowitz

Choreography created in collaboration

with the Core Company and Performers

Assistant Director/Rehearsal Director: Karen Stokes

Core Company Performers:, John Box, Cynthia Robinson Cupach, Julie Fox, Sonia Noriega, Sophia L. Torres, Mireya Valdez, Toni Leago Valle

Original Music: Anthony Barilla (Musical Director),

Chris Bakos, and John Duboise

Lighting Design: Kevin Rigdon

Costume Design: Trish Rigdon

Sound Design: Malcolm Nicholls

Production Stage Manager: Karen Mata

Rice Dance Theatre Faculty Liaison: Linda Phenix

Project Coordinator: Debs Ramser

Open Book/Open House

(2000)

COMMISSIONED BY RICE  UNIVERSITY, HOUSTON, TX, FOR THE NEW HUMANITIES BUILDING, OCTOVER 17-21, 2000. 

The idea for Open Book/Open House began in 1998, when I

was premiering Babel Index, a site-specific work for the new

British Library. Word of that project reached former dean of

humanities at Rice University, Judith Brown. Soon after, she invited me to visit Rice, where I met David Buergler from Alan Greenberg architects and reviewed the plans for the building (which at that point was just a hole in the ground surrounded by a

fence). Within a few months, we were making firm plans to

create a new event to coincide with the dedication of the building. This is the first time I had to conceive a work for a site

not yet in existence.

From the start, Rice wanted this project to reach out to

the Houston community and not only to incorporate public

performances but to have the cast composed of Rice students,

University of Houston students, and an ensemble of Houston

professional dancers.

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