Sick World

Deborah VanSlet

1991, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


Sick World is a series of monologues, stories and statistics that focus on the absurd quality of our surroundings.
The video is a subjective representation of a dominant structure, specifically white North America. Once a consciousness has been awakened, the myths exposed, the ugliness revealed, one can no longer be quiet, accepting and tolerant.

Sick World is the expression of my awareness and discernment; humour is my method. Laughing relieves the instinct to cry, one can better assimilate the grotesque through laughter. Sick World is contemporary storytelling; subjective, informative, entertaining, intelligent and accessible.

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Critical Writing

Shooting the breeze with Deb VanSlet
by Amy Barratt. Mirror, July 30, 1998.
Personal narratives and painterly qualities
by Sue Langlois. McGill Daily Culture, Mar. 11, 1993.