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Hyperbaric is a performance formed from conversations with people who have spent prolonged periods of time in hospital. The performers act as channels for these accounts - hearing and repeating them for the first time during the performance. Shared themes arise around consent, ward-mate dynamics, and the internal architecture of medical spaces.
A hyperbaric chamber, from which the performance takes its name, is an enclosed tank that pressurises air to treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other illnesses that benefit from concentrated oxygen absorption. Patients are often here for daily sessions over many weeks, often sharing this small, enclosed environment with the same fellow patients.
Hyperbaric was developed as part of Somerset House Studios’ Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy programme.