Light Moving Through Time is a research project conducted through a series of labs open to the public as part of Prospect 4 International Art Biennial between photographer Nick Shamblott and choreographer Meryl Murman.
The process of collecting data for our research directly correlated to the speed of the performers body in motion with the duration of exposure of light onto film. Our intention was not to make a photograph, but rather to explore ways of framing figures that give more agency to the performing body within the artifact created from the figures labor through charting and collecting the data needed to propose a theoretical mathematical equation for light emulsion onto long exposure photography for a moving subject.
Another way of articulating this would be the development of a language between performer and camera derived through mathematical equations for light that give agency to the performing body to determine both the aesthetic qualities of the photo and visibility of their own labor.
For the culmination of our residency, we re-imagined our process of recording data in a performative context by sharing ten short duets recorded onto film through ten long exposures with dancer Doron Perk and percussionist Roy Ben Yosef. Each duet’s improvisational structures was derived from specific parameters utilized in our research.
This informal showing was paired with a presentation and published photo book of our research as part of Prospect 4 New Orleans on Feb 17th, 2018.