Artist Lauren Bon and The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio created "Silver and Water," the brilliant, giant-pinhole-camera-print installation currently on view at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). The idea was to explore the ways that silver and water are interconnected through the themes of westward expansion, documentation of the west, the birth and growth of the silver screen, the plunder of vital resources, the resultant pollution, uncertain futures, and more. For the last two months an 8-foot-by-12-foot negative of Kodak's chemical factory has been soaking in a shallow bath of water at Eastman House, its silver image slowly decaying and shifting over the paper.
On Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m., Bon and her team will return to Rochester to complete the performance aspect of this installation. They invite the public to participate as they convert the Eastman House's South Gallery into a darkroom for the evening. With audience participation, they will create a giant contact print from the decayed negative. The team will re-mine the silver from the water and reuse it in the future.
The event is included in museum admission ($5-$12, free to members). For more information, call 271-3361, or visit eastmanhouse.org.