“The truth about stories is,
that’s all we are.”
"She’s allowed to do that. Because it's her life, and she's allowed to do that."
Two childhood friends reconnect in heartache on an isolated cove of the Bay of Fundy, and flounder about as men in what they might otherwise have learned as boys.
Thanks to Lee Rosevere for permission to use their track "Illuminations" in this piece.
"I have no idea what I said during the eulogy."
A young woman excavates fragments of family memory that her grandmother carried to Toronto from 1960's Istanbul.
Produced as part of a radio documentary course at the Duke Centre for Documentary Studies.
“The Third Story” (15:10)
“It became very quickly apparent as I showed up to chairs arranged in an audience like this, that I was not an observer. I was a part of it.”
Over three progressive vignettes, an otherwise feel-good anecdote from abroad cracks apart to reveal something less nameable. Leaving me to face the colonial legacies of which I was a part—if not as I led my project of ‘research’ across rural Ghana in 2009, then perhaps since returning to a more complicated sense of home.
Performed live at Raconteurs Storytelling Toronto on April 8th, 2015, and inspired by the monthly theme “Kindness of Strangers.” (Note: Real names have been changed.)
The stories and sounds of my work centre on not-so-uncommon people who are hopeful but conflicted about the possibilities of friendship and liberation in the arenas of everyday life.
My projects focus on the artistic and political content of simple conversations that veer from the daily script. I re-work personal storytelling and field recordings to underline the sacred within the mundane. The spoken within the unspoken. The search for meaning and connection within their rupture.
“To make a new world, you start with an old one, certainly.
To find a world, maybe you have to have lost one.
Maybe you have to be lost.
”The dance of renewal, the dance that made the world,
was always danced here at the edge of things,
on the brink, on the foggy coast.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin
Ultimately, I aim to complicate the way mainstream Canada thinks about the processes and practices of ‘social change.'
The renewal I envision is one that encourages as much as it challenges. For those of us stumbling towards breakthrough on the other side of breakdown. Or, in less sweeping moments, there is something worthwhile that emerges from an awkward encounter, long suppressed—certainly there must be?
Whatever we call that dance, whatever rhythm it beats to, it is not only real, but irresistible.