Clown Phenomena

 

clown workshop photography

 

clown teacher - Jon Davison
photographer - Frédérique Bangerter
participants - Helena Otaegui, Marta Serena, Paula Ibáñez, Mercè Solé, Carlos Fabregas

 

These photographs were taken during a week of workshops in December 2007 at the Barcelona Clown School. The workshops are part of a series of investigatory sessions that are taking place throughout the three years of this research project.

 

We have found that there has been a remarkable coincidence of vision between the two artists involved (Jon Davison, clown; and Frédérique Bangerter, photographer). Can it be that the criteria for clowning may well be the same as the criteria for photography, and that what the clown trainer is looking for is, or can be, identical to what the photographer is looking for? Can we document such key clown phenomena as joy, ridiculousness and being-in-the-moment? We think so, and are continuing to investigate how photography can capture clown-moments. 

My original assumption was that I would document this research via digital video, but found that the medium imposed a sense of time, an inexorable march of narrative onto a form that seeks a kind of timelessness, where the performers function as witnesses to that eternal moment. 

 

This can be true of theatre in general, of course, but clown finds itself frequently in this void, as it does not rely upon character, rational logic, or even upon action. Photography, being a still form, understands this well. Hopefully then, these photos are not images of clowns, but of moments where clown appears. 

 

Frédérique Bangerter is a freelance photographer from Geneva, now based in Barcelona. Her early studies were in Fine Art, and she has retained a keen interest in pictorialism in photography. Her main interest is in producing images that work in wider contexts, such as working with text, or images as objects. She is currently working on a joint project exploring how photography relates to architecture.

Clown Phenomena 

clown workshop photography