Other Half Orbit
2014, 21:02 minutes, colour, English
This work is a collaboration between Barber and his partner, the novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras. In 2007 Rojas Contreras was struck by a car and suffered a concussion and amnesia, three days before their wedding. The two performers host an unscripted conversation about the accident, memory loss, identity and dreams, and the limitations of knowing one another. In the installation, the performers are half-submerged in a pool of water so that the image of their bodies is completed by reflection. Their shadows are projected onto the wall by rectangles of light that bounce off the surface of the water. The two shiver through their recollections of the incident, the movement of their bodies and speech creating ripples that disrupt the reflection of the other.
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