Tanya Murdoch

2000, 04:15 minutes, colour, English


This video was made in the midst of moving from Tokyo to Toronto; the storytellers in the video have all moved frequently and are mostly ex-residents of Tokyo.

Nostalgia is defined as a thing or things that evoke a former era. By interviewing people who have undergone similar uprootings, and mixing it with shots from my own move, I hoped to collage together my own moving story from the voices of others, a story that reflects my own mixed feelings of upheaval and nostalgia.

is a brief documentary about the way we use objects as identifiers. When we lack the history and surroundings to speak for us in a new situation, these things are there to remind ourselves, as well as others, who we are. As one of the storytellers explains, when her family set up home, without that nostalgia, they "were seen as nothing".

This video was first screened at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo as part of Show 2000/ Performance 2000 in September 2000.

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