Lauren Otis' Alchemical Projects is a web site, blog, and business centered on innovative media and artistic content. Creativity in multiple disciplines, and discourse on that creativity, is paramount.
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Cell Phone/Pay Phone

Cell Phone/Pay Phone

Pay phones. They are ubiquitous in the built environment, some still functional. But more often, broken, ripped out, non-functional. The housings still stand, urban detritus, sculpture, sign post, a bit of all three. Something we walk past without noticing. I’ve started noticing them. An added poignancy, irony comes through documenting them using the device that...
Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live from Lauren Otis on Vimeo. In the 1990s, I was a relatively recent transplant to Trenton. I was a young father, and during the week I had a long commute to my work in Hoboken. But on weekends, to unwind, I would take my camera and explore the neighborhoods of the...
Roebling decay

Roebling decay

On one side of South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, former John A. Roebling Sons Co. buildings have been converted into offices and a retail marketplace. Once a year, in June, the adjacent Roebling Wire Works machine shop building plays host to Art All Night, Artworks’ 24-hour free art extravaganza. Across the street, on the other...
Learn to type

Learn to type

Word art inspired by old “Touch Typing Made Simple” manuals.
See words

See words

 
Kiss Kill

Kiss Kill

SLOW_001.mov from Lauren Otis on Vimeo.   KISS KILL (SLOW 001) Kiss Kill reflects the latent kindness, and malevolence, which lurks within all of us; that technologies evolve but human nature doesn’t; and that practice does not make perfect. A SLOW ART production, Kiss Kill is a collaboration with artist Andrew Wilkinson. Kiss Kill had its debut at...
Strong Brown God

Strong Brown God

I live by the Delaware River and kayak it regularly. It is truly a “strong brown god” as T.S. Eliot put it in his poem The Dry Salvages, from The Four Quartets. Choked with detritus, lined with concrete, spanned by bridges, ignored, the river is still a palpable and powerful presence, presenting a ghostly, ever-changing...
Woven Heads

Woven Heads

Embarking on a new job in 2006, I came across a cache of old corporate head shots. These photographic prints were a pre-digital relic and, outdated in multiple ways, seemed destined for the dust bin. After throwing out several manila envelopes full, however, something made me stop, and bring them home. Soon thereafter, I visited...
Delaware River

Delaware River

Black and white river views, taken on film, circa 2007.