Video: The Camera Betrays You


We're starting off our week with this beautiful, schizophrenic video of a day-long dance sequence during the fall. Inspired by the High Line, and created using nearly 10,000 photographs, the result has what its creators, Mark O'Maley and Liz Staruch, describe as a "flip book" feeling to it.

What we love is how the frames capture both the dancers and the passersby. O'Maley tells us, "There were only six of us involved knowingly on the project. Everyone else was a passerby. Some took great interest, some made fun of it, but most paid no attention—which was interesting to us. The cast of thousands that beautiful day really becomes what the project is about—the interaction, or lack of it with the dancers." We agree—it's fascinating to watch the way other visitors move through the performance.

O'Maley and Staruch both teach dance at West Chester University outside of Philadelphia. For this project, they teamed up with photographer Victoria Zolonski, NYC-based dancer Donnell Oakley, dancer and elementary-school teacher Anna Karas, and choreographer and performer Megan Mazarick. They showed a working version of this piece in November at West Chester, and will be showing it soon at Goddard College and Johnson State College.

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