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RandallScottProjects Presents The Portrait Machine by Carlo Van de Roer

Miranda July by Carlo Van de Roer. Photo courtesy of RandallScottProjects.

Miranda July by Carlo Van de Roer. Photo courtesy of RandallScottProjects.

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Opening Reception and Book Signing: Saturday, July 20 from 6pm to 8pm

RandallScottProjects announces their next exhibition by New York based artist, Carlo Van de Roer opening July 13 through August 10, 2013.

Carlo Van de Roer’s Portrait Machine project explores the idea of  how a camera can reveal an insight into the subjects character, or the relationship between the photographer, subject and viewer. These portraits are made with a Polaroid Aura Camera developed by American inventor Guy Coggins, in an attempt to record what a psychic might see.

The subject is connected to the camera by sensors measuring electromagnetic biofeedback. It translates these readings into information about the subjects character and how they are seen by others. The camera generates a printed description of these views in a color polaroid photograph.

The Aura Camera has undertones of pseudo-scientific authority and attributes associated with a less mediated type of photography. It’s a modified Polaroid Land camera that uses instant film and only has one button, implying minimal mediation from the photographer.

Aura photography is a relatively recent offshoot of “Spirit” photography. Unlike attempts to record images of ghosts, aura photography evolved from a type of “Spirit” photography, popular around the time diagnostic imaging devices like the x-ray machine emerged. This sought to objectively measure and document unseen aspects of the human body.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday through Saturday: 11am to 7pm

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor. For more information call 202.417.4872 visit www.randallscottprojects.com or contact them at [email protected]

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