Archie Barry Hypnic

Performance | Archie Barry Hypnic
 | Wednesday 26 September, 7pm
Location | Artspace, Ground Floor

Part of THE PUBLIC BODY .03 Exhibition
31 August – 28 October
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Archie Barry, 'Hypnic', 2017, live performance, courtesy the artist. Photo: Vanessa Godden


A hypnic jerk is the sudden inexplicable twitch or sensation of falling when drifting off to sleep, often accompanied by a rapid heartbeat and sweating. The barriers between dreaming and being, between what is real and what is abstract are gently dissolved in this performance work.

A small sculptural costume sings about their transitional state of existence, with the artist later joining them in a harmonious duet. The mouth and voice of the artist is doubled, creating a corporeal intensity that is both simple and indeterminate.