Ms. Yekaterinburg: Camera Obscura Dress Tent is fashioned in ceremonial military attire. The tent itself is a nod to the Cold War and the secret work of closed cities while the shape of the dress tent replicates Russia’s famous onion-domed churches. A camera obscura rests inside the underbelly of the dress tent and projects upside down, fleeting images of the exterior environment onto the interior of the dress tent. The inauguration of Ms. Yekaterinburg: Camera Obscura Dress Tent took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia in front of the Church-on-the-Blood where the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family, were assassinated and later in history, sainted. Nina Savelyeva, winner of the Miss Yekaterinburg beauty contest, performed the dress tent in front of the church while the Ural Army Marching Band performed around her.
We are interested in the land and the body as sites of seduction. Dress Tents are a fusion of architecture, the body and the land played out through living sculpture, moving images and still photography. The wearable architecture is installed and worn in the landscape in order to be photographed. Humor is paramount in these photographs, which are meant to be alluring and whimsical. In other instances, the installations are performed and displayed in a gallery or museum as interactive living sculptures. These tent-like forms are worn at the opening reception and additional scheduled performance times. A dress form substitutes for the figure during the duration of the exhibition. On occasion the Dress Tents are commissioned as semi- permanent, interactive public art installations. The interior of the installations house video and sound pieces that refer to the original landscape. The Dress Tent project investigates desire from a female centered perspective and uses seduction as a vehicle to explore the relationship between the body and the land. The Dress Tents question what is up, under a women’s skirt in the 21st century.