“This Is What Happened When I Died” will be a video projected in the window of Fabrications (at 1098 Somerset St. W.). This video imagines our city after death. A bleak yet hopeful landscape. But it’s not all dire, there is some humour in there, too.
I am primarily a writer. I think in words and sentences and paragraphs. I actually visualize them when I think. I came to video and film out of curiosity: I wanted to know how it worked. It was that simple. But film and video allowed me a new way to approach storytelling. And after a while, I challenged myself to tell stories without words, without a clear narrative. This was challenging because this is not how my tiny brain works: I think in terms of narrative, not in abstract ideas.
“This Is What Happened When I Died” is based on a short story of the same name. The story has characters, words, dialogue, a beginning, a middle and an end. The challenge I set for myself was to strip the story down to its essence, to tell a story without words. So that is what we are left with: this new landscape. A city without us: strange yet familiar, sad but hopeful.