Learning to Breathe Underwater / House on Fire, 2010
Registered projection installation by Daniel Barrow
Original Score by Greg Goldberg
SYNOPSIS: Learning to Breathe Underwater is a composited, and projected image of a prince having sex with a mermaid on a canopy bed. It is made using three video projections and five overhead projections. The drapery of the canopy bed is projected through dishes of water animated by fans. The viewer uses an aluminum “slipping slide” fastened to an overhead projector to activate the act of intercourse. House on Fire uses 3 overhead projectors to create the image of a large box of tissue.
A large mechanized pinwheel suspended over one of the projectors provides a never-ending billow of tissue rising from the box. There are 10 cardboard-mounted slides piled next to another projector. Each features a 2-frame, “lenticular” animation of a pattern, which is animated only when the viewer drags it across the surface of the projector.