For the duration of the Mead Gallery’s new exhibition, Gerard Byrne: 1/125 of a second, a shed can be found on the plaza outside Warwick Arts Centre near the bus stop. This shed has been converted by the Coventry-based artist, Jo Gane into a camera obscura – a proto-photographic optical device dating back to the 5th century BC.
A camera obscura (Latin for “dark room”) is an optical device that led to photography and the photographic camera. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside, where it is reproduced, inverted (thus upside-down), but with color and perspective preserved. The image can be projected onto paper, and can then be traced to produce a highly accurate representation. Read more about camera obscuras on Wikipedia).
The camera is dependent upon good light and will only be open on sunny days.
For further information, visit the Mead Gallery in Warwick Arts Centre Mon-Sat 12pm-9pm.