Since 1993, Daniel Barrow has used an overhead projector to relay ideas and short narratives. Specifically, Barrow creates and adapts comic book narratives to a "manual" form of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on mylar transparencies. Barrow variously refers to this practice as "graphic performance, live illustration, or manual animation."
"The Face of Everything" is set in mid 1970s Las Vegas and tells a story inspired by the life experiences of Liberace's most notorious boyfriend. The performance unfolds in the form of visual and emotional, cartoon vignettes, with speech balloons depicting all dialogue. The live monologue traces and develops the internal dialogue of a cartoon, dejected teenager and a visual meditation on the relationships between beauty and sadness, and a romantic view of pain. A nostalgic, electronic score, composed by Matthew Adam Hart, of the Russian Futurists, parallels this monologue.
Daniel Barrow is a Winnipeg-based media artist, working in performance, video and installation. He has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad at venues such as YYZ (Toronto), Plug-in (Winnipeg), Rencontres Herouvilles (Normandy) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.