For Imagination, dead imagine  an androgynous
head is projected as if contained within a mirrored Minimalist cube.
Sounds of the head slowly breathing fill the space. The head is
serene, waiting. Suddenly a substance pours over it from all sides,
drenching it in what appears to be a bodily fluid. The spectator
wants to turn away, but cannot. Horror at the repulsive nature of
the substances is replaced by fascination with their beauty as they
apparently change into majestic but abstract landscapes.
Theoretical starting points for Barry's project were her analysis
of various historical as well as contemporary concepts of the body
as discussed by, for example, the French philosophers Maurice Merleau
Ponty and Julie Kristeva, or as inherent in the legacy of Minimal
The main focus of the work is the reference to different aspects
of the body as defined through its elision and abjection, in combination
with Merleau Ponty's concept of primacy of lived bodily experience
established as an internal horizon that produces meaning. Commenting
on the horror vacui Barry sees as a condition of this experience,
she choose the title Imagination, dead imagine to invoke
the work of Samuel Beckett.