The Story Of Feniks And Abdullah

1988, 18:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 9999.004

Abdullah arrives in a city. He phones Feniks. Answering machine. Heart Slash. Passenger. Traveller. Foreigner. Outsider. Tourist.
Video poetry adapted from "A Lover's Discourse - Fragments" written by Roland Barthes. An essay executed at the Western Front Society in January 1988.
"I take a seat alone in a cafe. The other is absent. I am waiting and everything around my waiting is stricken with unreality. I look at the others who come in: They are not waiting." Desire waits for an answer. This is the story of Feniks and Abdullah.

Perdu dans une ville où l'autre est absent, l'amant attend. Pour passer le temps, il visite le jardin chinois, le jardin zoologique; il devient touriste. Tout ce qui l'entoure et lui rappelle cette attente lui semble irréel: "Je t'attends où tu ne veux pas aller. Je t'aime où tu n'existes pas."
Cette poésie vidéo, adapté des Fragments d'un discours amoureux de Roland Barthes, a été produite dans le cadre du programme "Video Artist in Residence" au Western Front de Vancouver.

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Critical Writing

La Vidéo au Québec
by Jean Tourangeau. Vie Des Arts, Mar. 1989, no. 134.