Archie-Barry-Hypnic1.jpgHypnic, 22nd March 2017, performance piece, approximately 4min, Victorian College of the Arts

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.

Photographic documentation by Vanessa Godden