Obsessively Imminent

Vern Hume

1982, 14:00 minutes, colour, English


The tape deals with the insecurity which results from a sense of isolation. Two figures engage in an endless and cyclical discussion on the merits of staying or leaving their environment, their region - a migration to the centre - at points either convincing themselves to stay or to go. The actors sit on director's chairs - in a set-up which reminds us of a TV talk show - on a frozen beach thus setting up a paradox. Regardless, the figures attempt to relax and have a casual conversation on a sunny, but bitterly cold afternoon. The frozen beach scene is inter-cut with interior shots of an unseen person watching a television news and weather station. Both locations become traps, isolating the actors within their landscape.

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Critical Writing

Tribal T.V.: New Video and Democracy on the Praries after Modernism
by A. Rushton. Arts Manitoba, Summer 1983, v. 2, no. 3.