Gulf Between Words

ribbon, steam, vinyl tubing, projection, microphone, camcorder, furniture


This ceremonial performance was conceived in reaction to the traumatic event of a car accident. Though we were side by side, our experiences felt worlds apart. Intimacy and trauma fuel the desire to become one, to feel and wear the other’s perspective. In order to placate that desire, we feed our words and memories into one another’s bodies. We consume and narrate each other’s sentiments but are separated by physical distance. As we appear and interact in the performance space, Erin is a body, Colleen is a projection. Erin is inside, Colleen is outside. Isolation limits intimacy. Communication is fragmented and difficult. As a result, we struggle, made vulnerable.