Your Body is Not the Same Today as Yesterday (for Lygia and Irigaray)

Your Body is Not the Same Today as Yesterday (for Lygia and Irigaray), 2015
hinged wood, gold mirrored acrylic, lipstick (optional)
91" H x 64" W x 60" D

As installed at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, in the After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be exhibition. Sharon Mizota wrote a review of the show in the LA Times.
: Jeff McLane. Image courtesy Armory Center for the Arts.

Wearing Witness

Keeping Scores, 2014
weekend-long interactive performance with collected performance scores, bi-lingual take-away pamphlet, custom-designed fabric and props
Enacted during our Wearing Witness residency at CUADRO, a downtown El Paso, TX art space instigated by the Rubin Center at University of Texas, El Paso and Machine Project (LA). We observed everyday activity around the city of El Paso and then translated the actions, behaviors, social dynamics, and transgressions into an archive of scores. Participants were invited to perform the scores within a graphic, self-empathic set, at a drop-in afternoon open house, during a theatrical public spectacle, or one-on-one by appointment. Visitors who didn't want to perform could simply observe their fellow citizens participating in relational anthropology.

Selfempathy, 2014

Our introduction to the El Paso community was exaggerated through our wardrobe, which consisted solely of ‘Selfempathy’ garments for the duration of our time in the city. Designed using selfie photos, the patterned dresses are both embarrassing ice breakers and documents of the collaborative process. Each member of the duo chose which dress to wear each day, resulting in a different combination of ‘her’ and ‘me’. As the selfie and, in particular, the ‘artselfie’ emerge as both the bane and the inspiration of contemporary visual culture, we emphasize ourselves by wearing them selves on their sleeves.

Large-scale Trailings Exercise (El Paso), 2014
Documentation of a workshop to collectively make a giant 'trailing' out of fabric. Devised by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, the simple exercise of cutting along a mobius strip is “scaled up” to propose collective embodiment and tactile synchronicity.

With and Between

With and Between, 2014
text poem in blue embroidery thread worn on the clothing of CamLab and eleven of our students at the opening reception for eachother, an exhibition at the Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles
dimensions variable

Permissionary Work

CamLab's solo exhibition, Permissionary Work
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, 2013

Permissionary Work installation view

Becky (an approximation of the hand-cut fabric font that Becky used in her final project for our Ox-Bow class), 2013
orange neon 
64 x 12 x 2.25”
56 x 12 x 2.25”  

Inside-Outside Table, 2013 
custom-made surface in two parts for public and private workshops 
birch plywood, metal 
8’ x 8’ x 29”

Score for Selfempathy: Design a patterned fabric to be digitally printed using photos you take of yourself. Create a garment for someone whose face you are intimate with. That person does the same, creating a garment for you. The garment should be wearable. It doesn’t have to be comfortable. If worn publicly it should be to an event with intense networking. If you’re out together, get photographed as a pair, 2013
custom-printed fabric, thread, snaps 
dimensions variable

Trailings Wall, 2013 
accumulated cut paper and duct tape 
dimensions variable

Projectional Objects, 2013 
pairs of found objects from St. Vincent De Paul and the $.99 store

For Emma Kunz & Lygia Clark
butcher knives, tape

Voice-over, a collaboration between CamLab and Rebecca Kosick, 2013
text poem in silver and white embroidery thread worn on CamLab’s clothing at opening reception
dimensions variable

Pair Off, Pair Up, Put Together (Dana & Paula), 2013 
digital print 
6 x 8” unframed


, 2012
vulva portraits, twigs, feathers, ribbon

Torrance Art Museum exhibition

Leslie (exact replication of the sign for the Dan Graham gallery, which we renamed Leslie Dick for the duration of our exhibition there in 2009), 2012
Pink neon
16" x 72"

Running late in the car we saw a number plate for “Anna”

Met Sue, had a Constant Comment tea, walked around, talked around the PDA performance
Union station decorative tiles, sushi, giant pretzels with jalapenos on the train to Pomona
Just in time for Liz’s show. The pigment festival, students washing off colors in the fountain.
Browsing, drowsing, a beautiful abstract tapestry only $30. Dresses too small
Laughing on the way home, photo booth pics legs up high
Confusion in the car park, attendant attention, we are taking our tights off…., 2012
tights and sweat
46" x 40" framed

Putting the Kink Back Into Straight Edge

Putting the Kink Back Into Straight Edge, 2012
Hand painted fabric skirt, hand painted fabric covers over lamps, six monitors with looped video 8mins

CamLab sensualized the MOCA Auditorium for the Shares and Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project day of panels at the 100th College Art Association Annual Conference. The set-dressed podium, table, lamps and monitors affirmed the joining of the mind and body, heart and loins.

Score! for Xtra

Score! for X-TRA, 2012
Interactive performance with collected performance scores

In honor of X-TRA Magazine’s 15th Anniversary, CamLab chose 15 scores from its public displays of affection archives to perform with the audience. Eventually all the scores were enacted, with the session culminating in a climactic group effort.


Score!, 2012
4-hour interactive performance with collected performance scores

Working from CamLab’s archive of PDA performance scores, visitors to the Hammer Museum were invited to create a one-on-one performance with the artist duo. Participants selected a score to act out, make out, press the flesh as friends on the street, father and son at the park, lovers at a bar. Simple to enact, the event provided the opportunity for proximity with a stranger, no strings attached.

Two in a Bush

Two in a Bush, 2012
3-hour event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Visitors to the Grand Avenue plaza occupied the 60’ diameter relational garment and ‘converted currency’ while conversing on topics including the economy. At the same time, CamLab provided pennies to those using the Instrument of Intentions, a yonic and sonic wishing well. Throughout the evening CamLab polled those present to determine what the group would wish on next. As a gesture of transparency, CamLab donated $1000 of its Engagement Party budget to the group W.A.G.E., Working Artists and the Greater Economy, to help fund their efforts to create better economic conditions for artists working with institutions.

Thanks to Hotel La Rut, Abby Savell, and W.A.G.E.

You Are an I

You Are an I, 2012
3-hour event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

CamLab programmed five different workshops to take place in the customized yurts installed as an encampment outside the Geffen Contemporary. Workshop activities included basic self defense, introduction to horizontalism, Experimental Freedom Techniques and embodied partner work. Each group wore its own CamLab designed garment while the workshop was in session.

Thanks to the workshop facilitators: Alexandra Shilling, Vivian Babuts, Chris Diaz, Jon Boyd Barrett, Ken Ehrlich, and Heidi Hornbacher

Dubious Equalities

Dubious Equalities, 2012
3-hour event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Grand Avenue building’s lobby was transformed into a waiting lounge, where visitors browsed the ‘Empathy & Misunderstanding’ binders to find a text to present at custom-made podiums installed on the Visitors Services desk. Small groups of friends were brought into the Rust and Bludoir (Rothko) Room where they donned garments made from CamLab designed fabric. While occupying the bedroom set, the groups played in front of the computer camera mirroring program, becoming absorbed visually and physically. These images were live streamed into the waiting area.

Thanks to seamstress Frau Fiber and Hotel La Rut.

Study for Durational Performance (Occupy LA)

Study for Durational Performance (Occupy LA), 2011
3-hour live performance with 60 feet of fabric

At the entrance to City Hall, CamLab stood at both ends of the fabric expanse, inviting passers-by to cut their own head holes and occupy it with us. While we stood together, many different kinds of conversations materialized, from the private and personal to impromptu televised interviews.

Try-Relational Feedback

Try-Relational Feedback, 2011
handmade soft sculpture, borrowed bedroom, monitor, chairs, blankets, coffee table, plant, beers, magazines, tequila

CamLab related to and through a handmade soft sculpture while sequestered in a private bedroom, with the live feed playing to viewers on a monitor in a den-like 'hang-out' room nearby. The durational broadcast cultivated psychological space generated from pleasurable embodiment, indulgent role-play, and intimate speech.


Gathered in a Clearing

Gathered in a Clearing, a group show curated by CamLab at LEVEL in Brisbane, Australia, February 5-25, 2011.
With work by:
Andrea Bowers
Leslie Dick
Alexis Disselkoen
Candice Lin
Elana Mann
Wendy Mason
Gina Osterloh
Louisa Van Leer

Wholly Well

Wholly Well, 2010
sewn vagina, glassware, plastic, cards, coins
8' in diameter

Visitors were invited to throw coins into the glasses, vases, and bowls in an effort to make our wishes come true. The concentric folds of the quilted rug echoed the circular architecture of the
"The Onion" (Church of the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, North Hills).


Gentle Extended Performance

Gentle Extended Performance, 2008 and ongoing
performance documentation

In this performance, CamLab invites one person at a time to put her/his head through the third hole in the costume in order to have her/his hair "combed" by the hands of CamLab. Each person who participates signs the costume afterwards. The lightweight fabric garment is extremely mobile, allowing CamLab to stage the performance virtually anywhere. It was initially developed for the Anarchist Bookfair at the Southern California Library for Social Research in Los Angeles, and will continue to be performed until there is no available signing space left on the costume.


Bagism, 2010
performance with bag, microphone, and amp

In the tradition of John and Yoko, CamLab entered a bag and took questions from the audience. Topics ranged from existential to everyday. The bag facilitated CamLab's enactment of a variety of voices.


Dear Poi...

Dear Poi, At the end of our summer residency in Chicago, we planned to have our long hair fully braided together so we would live co-joined for the last 24 hours we were with each other, after which we’d cut off Anna’s hair so Jemima would wear it back to Australia. As we researched in preparation, we came across fetish websites devoted to amateur photography of women with extremely long hair. Often the visceral prominence of the hair in the images began to form another body. One photo that made us laugh was of a guy masturbating using a woman’s long hair. In the end we didn’t end up making our ‘hair work’ because it was too psychological for us to handle at that point in time. However, the project is still very much on our minds. Love, CamLab, 2010
digital photograph

A Day in the Studio (Viewer as Relational Object)

A Day in the Studio (Viewer as Relational Object), 2009
digital print, 40” x 30”

To Do To

To Do To, 2009
xerox wallpaper
dimensions variable (8.5” x 11” paper)