Place Projectors creates cinematic sculptures made of light, shadow, steel and glass that are inspired by Rochester’s unique position in the story of media culture. Film and photography capture a moment in time and place so it can be mobile. Lenses open micro and macro worlds as light passes through them and into our eyes. Place Projectors re-imagines inventions and materials (pioneered by Kodak and Bausch + Lomb) that allow us to see beyond our current time and place by using them to create site and time specific interactions. Each sculpture, or ‘projector’, is connected to an event or object that is rooted in its physical location. Activating each ‘projector’ is an invitation to unearth where you stand in a city that changed how we see and perceive.
Our Mission is to create a deliberate ‘spectacle’ to bring attention to the importance of recording shared histories and investing in the future of young creatives that will remain and grow in Rochester, NY. We work with local non-profits to source stories from the community and create jobs for young artists. The content of each projection is sourced through the Rochester Historical Society and local nonprofits dedicated to preserving Rochester’s history. 25% of the total cost of each sculpture goes to professional development workshops for art assistants and funding for nonprofits that partner with us.
Two Resourceful Widows
Place Projectors/Annalisa Barron
Steel, Brass, Chain, Plastic, Optical Glass and Photographs
For 15 Charlotte St. we conducted our research through the Rochester Historical Society and the Monroe County City Archives. We discovered that this plot was owned by two widows and operated as a boarding house. The aesthetic of our first site-specific projector is based off the design of a mourning fan found in the collection of the Rochester Historical Society and the experience of going into a boarding house and being given a ‘key’. The optical glass, or lens, in the eye of the projector is an anamorphic lens made by Bausch + Lomb in the 1960s. These lenses were used for shooting high quality film in the movie industry as well as for projecting films in movie theatres. A display of lenses has been provided by the Bausch + Lomb Archive.
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PLACE PROJECTORS at Writers & Books Literary Center: Call for Submissions
Place Projectors is currently in residence at Writers & Books Literary Center in Rochester, NY. As part of an ongoing exhibition of the development of Place Projectors, including historical materials from the Bausch and Lomb Archive, this residency will result in a permanent sculpture focused on the mission of Writers & Books as well as its building. The sculpture’s projected imagery will be based on content from 5 selected submissions from an open call for written works and the sculpture’s form will be derived from motifs developed by the building’s architect, Claude Bragdon. The resulting artwork will be on display in the atrium exhibition space and a reading of the selected submissions will accompany the unveiling in Fall of 2020. For information on submitting work and more about the Place Projector’s residency at Writers & Books please visit their website:https://wab.org/place-projectors-bringing-light-lenses-and-words-together/.