The CamLab Collaborative Force / KCET Artbound Los Angeles

CamLab, "Wearing Witness" (2014). Score-based performances with El Paso residents, with Selfempathy garments and decor.

CamLab, “Wearing Witness” (2014). Score-based performances with El Paso residents, with Selfempathy garments and decor.

There’s an important difference between collaborators and twins. The former invest time in getting to know each other, slowly over time intuitively syncing up to each others’ rhythms, ways of thinking, and creativity. The twin is an entirely different story — a collaboration born uncomfortably and non-voluntarily, that’s subject to fetishization and prying speculation, the twins are bound for life but may never truly understand each other. Los Angeles-based artists Jemima Wyman and Anna Mayer are of the former persuasion. Working together as a collaborative since 2005, when they met as graduate students at CalArts, today Wyman and Mayer finish each others’ sentences, intuit each others’ thoughts, and act as each other’s mirrors. Even having a conversation with the two of them is slightly overwhelming — they are one mind distributed across two bodies. Moving across the spaces of social practice, performance and sculpture with a focus on feminism, intimacy and the politics of pleasure,CamLab is also interested in ‘feral institutions’ built by individuals with outsider or non-institutionalized art world tendencies.

“Our collaborative relationship is a model relationship for social interaction,” says Wyman. “We mark our bodies through the wearing of garments made with optical patterning. We’re interested in imaging the female body in such a way that it doesn’t blend in with the furniture or become innocuous or automatically sexualized.”

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