Hot Pot was a site-specific performance piece devised by Ronan Nanning-Watson for Theatre Replacement’s Live at the ‘Bolt: Back Away Slowly performance series in 2015. Hot Pot employed the basic but beautiful technology of the camera obscura (the phenomenon behind the photographic apparatus) to produce four projections without projectors. The projections were of hypnotizing, ritualistic performances happening live within the apparatus.
Audience members had to navigate the installation to seek out the projections as they bloomed and disappeared around the room. The images were each over 12-feet tall and were produced without lenses giving them an ethereal, gauze-like quality. The performance unfolded like a time capsule of human behavior lost and decontextualized in deep space.