video/sound installation | 6’ 5” loop | size variable | 2016

Barrier is a multi-channel video installation that utilizes space, live action video, visual manipulation and sound manipulation. Two screens facing each other are videos of a conversation between two people, one on the right and one on the left. The audience is placed in the middle of the two screns. Speakers are placed at each sides. In the conversation, some words were removed. As the conversation progresses, two images and the sound start to morph and distort.

Barrier is a representation of the experience of language barrier. The piece aims to show the experience both in a literal way (editing out words) and in a physical way (the act of turning our heads trying to make sense of the conversations). Barrier embodies a transformation from a state of uncomfort to acceptance, as well as the detachment created by language barrier .

Their voices are like ambient music. Their images fuse into a fluid wall, separating me and the rest of the world. I stand in between, silent, imagining that I am not here.

Participants: Danielle Jordan-Baile, Luca Cioci
Special thanks to: Astra Price, Aitziber Olaskoaga, Jackii Chun, Vincent De La Torre,
Camila Monteiro Vilalva, Christopher Bishop