Campera Obscura: Meet The Artist

Come and see the Cork City skyline from a novel perspective!

Date & Time:
Sunday, November 20, 2022
3:45 pm
KinShip Registration Desk

Campera Obscura: Meet the Artist is an artist’s talk by Helen Horgan taking place at 3.45pm on Sunday 20th November at Tramore Valley Park as part of The KinShip Winter Weekend 2022. This "Meet the Artist" event will take place at KinShip Activity Room, Sports Pavilion, Tramore Valley Park.

Focusing on the parks skyline and harvesting sunlight as source material, Horgans ‘Campera Obscura’ questions what constitutes ‘power’ in terms of the sun and solar energy.

For the KinShip Becoming Kin Winter Weekend artist Helen Horgan is bringing a life size Camera Obscura* to the City View Summit of Tramore Valley Park. Constructed from a converted camper van that has become the vehicle of Horgan’s art practice, participants are invited to enter and view the surrounding Cork city skyline from a novel perspective. By creating a dark space within the van and allowing light to enter through a small hole, the external world is projected on the inside walls upside-down. Using only the power of sunlight, the process is simple but magical to behold, instilling a sense of wonder and providing the viewer with an alternative understanding of the suns ‘power’.

Open to the public Friday 18th, Sat 19th and Sun 20th November 2022 - 12pm to 3pm Artist talk Sunday 20th November at 15:45

Not for those who are scared of the dark or small spaces! Participants will enter in twos and threes. This event is great for adults and kids alike. Kids should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Partially wheelchair accessible.

General Event Advice:

  • Online ticket booking is now closed. Please call 086 036 0498 to book your place on an event via phone or drop in to The KinShip Registration Desk in the Sports Pavilion at Tramore Valley Park (@TVP) beside the Half Moon Lane entrance.
  • Pedestrian and cycle access to Tramore Valley Park is available. See Park Access Map for guidance on locations:
  • 2. Via Half Moon Lane, off The South Douglas Road next to Christ King Secondary School.
  • 3. Via the Eastern Park Walkway, adjacent to Willow Park, close to Gaelscoil na Duglaise.
  • Free parking is available in Tramore Valley Park on a first come, first served basis. Vehicles must enter via the main entrance off the South Link Road. See Park Access Map for guidance on location or use GPS coordinates 51.87876013974687, -8.464592905114198
  • Buses travel along routes with drop off points near each pedestrian entrance. Take the 213 bus from the city centre to the Half Moon Lane stop and follow signage for Tramore Valley Park. For more information, go to
  • For more information on travel to Tramore Valley Park, go to
  • Most events are family friendly unless stated otherwise. Please note that all participants under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Programme participants are advised to dress appropriate to the weather and terrain including sturdy, waterproof footwear.
  • Gardening gloves may be advisable for some activities.
  • Registration takes place 15 minutes before the start time of each event. Events will start on time so attendees are advised to be punctual.
  • Unless otherwise stated in event descriptions, the starting and end points of each event in The KinShip Winter Weekend Programme will be The KinShip Registration Desk in the Sports Pavilion at Tramore Valley Park located inside the pedestrian entrance by Christ the King Secondary School off South Douglas Rd.
  • Event places are limited and waiting lists are in place. If you cannot participate in an event you have booked, it is requested that you cancel your ticket for release to the waiting list.
  • Hot beverages and snacks will be available. Event attendees are invited to pack a lunch if intending to join the programme for long periods as there will be no food outlets in the vicinity.
  • Most events in the KinShip Winter Weekend are wheelchair accessible however we request that you check each event listing for specific information with regard to accessibility and get in touch with us if you have any specific needs.
  • All are welcome to share feedback on The KinShip Project via our online feedback form here or on our Feedback Wall by the KinShip Registration Desk at Tramore Valley Park.
  • For more information about The KInShip Project and an overview of the Winter Weekend programme, go to

Further info

Helen Horgan is a visual artist working in sculpture, moving image and installation with a background in Graphic Design and Philosophy of Language. Her work is concerned with the sensory effects of language, both visual and verbal, and how our environment and personal histories shape our understanding of the world. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad most recently at the ‘18th Kinemastik Short Film Festival’ (2022) and ‘Debatable Land(s)’ in Malta (2021).

In March 2020 Horgan experienced the first Covid-19 Lockdown in Calabria, Italy while travelling abroad in The LFTT Library van, a camper van converted into a mobile studio and tiny home.

Her decision to remain travelling and documenting throughout the pandemic had a profound effect on her artistic practice. The mobile studios continuously shifting surroundings and capacity for immersion in out of the way places inspired a curiosity and wonder for the physical environment and its psychological effects, which she began to document in video and audio field recording.

At the same time The LFTT Library, a project setup in 2009 to make use of a 400 year old library deemed ‘waste’ by contemporary values, evolved from a travelling archive of books to an expanding collection of curiosities and artefacts recorded or found on the road, much like the early travellers collected wonders that became the first natural history museums or ‘Wunderkammers’ (‘Wonder rooms’).

* What is a Camera Obscura ?

The first known record describing the Camera Obscura (meaning ‘Dark Chamber’) was written by the Chinese Philosopher Mozi, in around 400bc. It’s basic principles; a darkened room with a small hole at one side through which an image is projected, provided the basis for the modern camera. In the second half of the sixteenth century lenses replaced the simple aperture or hole and the Camera Obscura was employed as a drawing and painting tool for artists, aiding the discovery of linear

perspective. The concept was developed further into the photographic camera in the first half of the nineteenth century with the addition of a light sensitive plate that could capture the image. Today’s digital phone cameras still rely on a dark chamber, though its tiny scale hidden amongst the digital components makes the process practically invisible.

The history of the Camera Obscura tells a story of how visual media evolved over time giving rise to new forms of art and ways of seeing. Its invention marked the moment that an image could be captured directly from life for the first time, dramatically changing the ways that people could view themselves and the world. The LFTT Library van came into being in 2019 to support Horgan’s art practice by enabling a more sustainable, minimalist lifestyle and permitting exploration off the beaten track. In this way it also functions as a kind of camera granting forms of immersion in perspectives not otherwise possible. Over the course of the pandemic, when ‘Lockdowns’ and travel bans meant people had their perspectives dramatically shrink, the freedom and mobility The LFTT Library van supported was nothing short of wondrous.