Chelsea Wills



Field Guide to Bottlenecks

Ebb and Flow Festival
Santa Cruz, Ca.
Camera Obscura, Recording Booth

Field Guide to Bottlenecks was a moving camera obscura that explored how people interact with place based on their experiences of it. Our Field Station consists of a recording booth mounted to a cargo tricycle to collect stories from festival attendees based on a series of prompts. These prompts asked participants to remember, record, or imagine the river in ways that are both important personally and collectively to archive the complexity of the river. The project was made in conjunction with an online map and archive of stories of participants. Audience members interacted with the project during the festival and afterby submitting their stories.

Supported by:
Santa Cruz Arts Council

Moving camera obscura on the bike path, Santa Cruz, Ca. 2015