Don't Eat Crow

David Askevold

1994, 29:00 minutes, colour, English


Don't Eat Crow, a somewhat situational piece, consists of an audio narration by Katherine Grevatt, an unpublished novelist who lives along the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

For a full day David Askevold set up a feeder to see the reaction of the crows (who regularly fly around his backyard) to his camera he had placed on a tripod nearby. The resulting footage is juxtaposed with the letters Grevatt wrote to long time friend Norma Ready between October 1993 and July 1994. Background sound consists of appropriated music from the radio and original keyboard music by Askevold created while listening to the three tracks and viewing the edited footage.

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Critical Writing

Biographical sketch & video notes
by Cliff Eyland and David Askevold. David Askevold: cultural geographies and selected works, Oct. 1998, v. 45, no. 2. Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, 1998.