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Stephanie Barber

dwarfs the sea


digital video/sound

Runtime: 6:15

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Small biographies and musing generalizations––men’s relations to each other and their lives. There is hope and loneliness, companionship and isolation and the simplest of filmic elements to contrast the complexity of human emotions. The minimalism of the photographic presentation allows the viewer to recognize the humanity in each individual document of a body. My own time working on a sailboat as an AB in the North Sea has given me a love for and romanticization of the sailor’s life. Here I have imagined the lives of these men.

This piece premiered at The New York Film Festivals 'Views from the Avant-Garde' New York City, 2008 and has screened widely since then.


Stephanie Barber is a writer and artist who has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media, often literary/visual hybrids that dissolve boundaries between narrative, essay and dialectic works. Her work considers the basic philosophical questions of human existence (its morbidity, profundity and banality) with play and humor. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Her books Night Moves and these here separated... were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015. Her haiku collection Status Update Vol. 1 was published in the fall of 2019 by CTRL+P and her full length play Trial in the Woods will be published by Plays Inverse in Autumn 2020.