Baraya (Perimeter) functions as a film that can be projected independently, and an interactive, flash-based work for web browser, which could be made available as a DVD. Baraya is a series comprised of taut, audio-visual poems that speak through many, if resolutely fragmentary voices, images, and accounts. While Baraya is not dissimiliar conceptually and functionally to the earlier privilege, (of privilege, Dr.Timothy Murray of Cornell University, has said "that it was created pre-9/11, is all the more forceful in its prescience as well as its contemplative reflection on cultural structures that might have been made manifest but certainly didn't originate with the events of September"), it takes a more direct bead on representations of the Middle East, where a rich and complex phantasmagoria of social reality (audio overlays include conversations and statements from figures such as Hamdeen Sabahi and Haidar Abdel-Shafi) belies simple-minded political rhetorics. In Baraya (Perimeter) fashionable usages of apocalyptic logic are lost in a welter of specific images and representations that suggest some of the breadth and depth of the region: streaming video brings us images of the shrine to Jupiter at Siwa, Egypt and St. Catherine's in the Sinai, buses emptying by the Nile, while other footage illustrates the current combat in Gaza and the West Bank, and daily life in Jordan and pre-war Iraq. Rife and riven contemporary situations are the center for a whirling debate around the universality of language and perception, through manipulation of signs and symbols gleaned from multiple planes of experience and modalities of communication, against its backdrop -- a murky and treacherous political and social terrain. The Sufi maqamat, or signs of "spiritual stations," are juxtaposed with the detritus of quotidian life; the most personal communications are splayed within the most public. These fragments seek to accrete and produce a sort of subliminal confrontation with their ever-shifting subject matter, much as the body is reputed to create vortexes of healing in response to traumas. Ultimately they revolve around what Paul Virilio discussed when he wrote "language is the worst of things and the best of things...The best way to love one another is through language." While Baraya shares many of the same concerns as the earlier web work privilege it also differs profoundly from it in its increased use of video, more advanced interactive scripting and sound design. (