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Temporary Arrangement, A

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by Phillip Barker
Canada / 12:00 / 1995
sound / b/w

The film began as an experiment: to study the human form suspended in a body of water - a search for commonality. It was also an attempt to express with film the complexities within an individual, the multiple points of view of the human psyche.

However, during the filming, a shift occurred in the agenda. Individual dramas unfolded as each person had to confront their ability - or inability - to relinquish control to the water. A personal narrative evolved as I intimately observed my friends and family coming to terms with this natural force.

Looking repeatedly at these scenes during and since editing, I am awed by what I see - evidence of the impermanence of life, and the resilience of human nature. (PB)

Exhibition Formats

  • 16mm
  • Beta SP NTSC


  • landscape/arch.


  • experimental
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