Kelly Nipper: Artist and Lecturer, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
“My name is Tessa Pattern. I’m related to Thora Pattern, a character from The Edge of the Alphabet, a composition of letters pressed to pages and printed in 1962. I was educated at the technical school for clock making in the Black Forest. The school is connected to a clock museum by an underground tunnel where time is stopped in order to be counted…”
Tessa Pattern Takes a Picture was originally commissioned by MoMA in 2013 and then developed at CCA Warsaw and the South London Gallery, where it was shown in March 2014. The performance as a whole is emblematic of the Zone System—a photographic convention created by Ansel Adams for determining exposure and development of picture values. The lecture will focus on further development of the project and explore a related work by Nipper, Black Forest.