Single Channel Video
Featuring Ryan Masson, Caitlin Rider and baby Clio
Running time: 5:08 minutes

The Transitional Phase, as theorized by D.W. Winnicott, is the transition between an infant’s solely subjective reality to one which includes an objective reality. At this transitional point, the infant is “becoming able to accept difference and similarity.” Winnicott proposed that this transition begins with babies sucking their thumb and/or caressing their face with their fingers. During this time the infant begins recognizing and introducing “other-than-me” objects, and learns to read their parent’s facial cues. In this piece two caretakers tell a baby in the transitional phase who it is and what it likes.