3 minute video
performance document / installation - Vasa Museum, Stockholm - 2008
The Vasa Museum is one of the standard sites on a tourists' itinerary of Stockholm. It bills itself as the repository of "the world's only fully-restored 17th century ship" and "one of the foremost tourist sights in the world." The museum itself is built entirely around the massive form of the ship and consists of several tiers of balconies that divide the ship into thirds and move you around its exterior. The primary visitor's ritual at the Vasa Museum is to walk three circles around the Vasa and choose various views to record on their cameras. While making these circles, visitors engage in the common new media tourist practice of unrecorded video scanning: scanning the ship through the video preview function of their digtial cameras, sometimes sharing their video preview-views with others in their party. I was interested in using this site to explore this bodily performance of digital photography and the unrecorded video practice that accompanies it. I took the visitors themselves as my subjects.
Originally performed at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm and since re-installed as an alternate security system in a range of museum spaces. This project reflects on unrecorded video scanning and the movements that accompany this practice [that proceeds the "taking" of all photographs on cameras with lcd rear displays]. Without a camera, I approach visitors to the Vasa Museum sometimes asking if I can make a cameraless video of them and sometimes just taking one; i.e. looking at them as I would if I had my camera. On occasion, I invited my subjects to try the practice on me.