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Janus, HD Video, 10 minutes

by Alexandra Lerman and Madeline Hollander

Bearing the name of a two faced Roman god of passages and transitions, Janus is a video installation consisting of two projectors relaying vertical feeds on two sides of one semi transparent plexi glass. Ancient depictions of Janus show two of his faces one of a bearded man looking to the past and the other of a young man looking into the future. In the video installation, one projector's feed is saturated with images from art historical examples, while the other feed bears the images of the future. Janus is a visual essay on the topic of separation of the mind from the body, flesh from skin, head from torso and the body from the planet, invoking ancient mythology, science fiction, space exploration, medical experiments, and the highly anticipated head transplant surgery.