Half & Half (10 min)

Premiered April 27-30, 1995 at Performance Space 122, NYC
Performed by: Jennifer Miller and Cathy Weis

 

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Half & Half is a simple set-up: two people each stand in front of a live camera. Their images are bisected and recombined into a single image. Weis has utilized this structure in a number of works with slight variation. Dawn of the Magicians, A String of Lies, Doctor Doctor, and Monitor Lizards all feature different versions.

Weis often uses Half & Half when working with college and university students. Creating the composite figure demands precision from each performer. This set-up is also helpful to participants who feel too self-conscious to move freely. For instance, in a recent workshop for hospice caregivers, Weis found that the composite image served as an external focus. Focused on the projection, the nurses felt free to move in ways they might never have tried otherwise.

 

Performance history:
 
P.S. 122, NYC (1995 – premiere)
Museum of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic (1997)
Temple University, PA (2001)