Jan Peacock

This walk, these steps

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This Walk, These Steps, 1995, 05:00 min looping video

In the video, the tightly framed faces of a male and female performer alternate in quick dissolves. Their eyes are blindfolded by a horizontal band of slowed video in which strangers pass each other in a public garden.

The sightless performers perform the end of a relationship without speaking; they use their tongues to push printed slips of paper out of their mouths onto a sheet of glass in front of them. As the conversation deteriorates, their fingers pinch, rake and pull words off the glass.

Performances by Gary Markle and Kirsten Forkert

Sound by Ken Mayfield

Installation photos: Cheryl O’Brien