Mobile Camera Obscura

Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival
June 17 - 21, 2015
Dawson City, Yukon


For the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival, Yuhasz converted a rental passenger van into a mobile camera obscura that was used over the course of the festival to provide driving town tours in Dawson City that engaged with existing historical tours and ideas of tourism. Tour passengers experienced an inverted projection of the street scene as the van was driven slowly around the town. Audio recordings in German by Dawson resident Irmelin Nohal of recited writings by Friedrich Nietzsche, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and a google translation from english to german of Jack London's "To Build a Fire" played inside the mobile camera obscuraduring the town tours.


The Camera Obscura Project brings together an international group of artists and other researchers interested in cameras obscura, related optical phenomenon and the meeting places of: art and science, cultural and wilderness settings, learning and play. During Summer solstice, 2015, Dawson City, Yukon, was the setting for the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival. With funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada the Project is based at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.

For More on the The Camera Obscura Project, visit the project website >>


idea for mobile camera obscura, 2014


short video montage of footage from inside the mobile camera obscura
(video courtesy of Aaron Woroniuk)








audio clips
(audio: readings by Irmelin Nohal)


mobile camera obscura parked at the ODD Gallery


magnetic vehicle signage


pick-up location signage


the lens aperatus


inside the mobile camera obscura


inside the mobile camera obscura


artist Hannah Jickling providing a right side up view for people inside the mobile obscura


Dawson resident Irmelin Nohal of reciting Jack London's "To Build a Fire"
Mobile Camera Obscura
all text and images © mike yuhasz 2014.