Profile: Cazerine Barry

Cazerine Barry

Cazerine Barry

Melbourne new media artist and dancer Cazerine Barry began producing performance and film in the late 1980s and founded the company Multi Dimensional Performance Enhancer in 1994. In 1997 she was awarded an Asialink residency at the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan. In 1998 she directed HELP:the remix, a 3D projected aerial dance work and Separate at Earth, a performance with transparent screens where projected video images represented characters in a disintegrating family. She has recently completed an Australia Council New Media Arts Fund residency at Canberra’s Choreographic Centre culminating in Great Fakes, which she describes as “a condensed marathon simultaneously testing both sides of my brain.

“The objective was to examine the volumetric precepts of actual space and their relationship with 2D image projection. Monitoring the relationship between the design of the projection surface area with the ratio, scale and dimension of the projected image allowed me to create seemingly 3D spaces from a single video source…The outcome allows performers to move freely about illuminated sets which can transform their appearance. The sets are adjustable to combine a multitude of image-related shapes consisting of foreground, middle and background divisions. The resulting image-driven environments create magical, illusionary places that behave as metaphors of habitat for the dramatic intent of the work.”

The full production of Cazerine’s work Sprung can be seen at the L’Attitude dance event at the Brisbane Powerhouse in September 2001. Currently, Cazerine is researching the facilitation of digital media integration in performing arts internationally thanks to the Ewa Czajor Memorial Award 2000. RT

RealTime issue #41 Feb-March 2001 pg. 27

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1 February 2001