Pat McElnea b. 1981
The Centrist (2010)
Duration: 13:30 min

In The Centrist a narrator is caught in the imagination of two former lovers; the sound his, the image hers. He traces the breakup of a couple that only exist as a pair separated; that which caused the couple’s split is also their only channel for correspondence. A third body, sometimes human, is both the chasm causing their separation and the chain of historical associations linking the two. Rooms of a house exist as relics of their relationship. The chimney is one variation of this conflicting third party as a vertical site connecting multiple floors. The ass, corner, and microphone are also examples. These divisions represent a conduit from ass to mouth, partner to partner. The stages between these two pointed pairs remember the couple