Off-Kilter: The Appearance of Voice

Tom Sherman

2004, 04:57 minutes, Colour, english


These video recordings remind us of how far the world has tumbled out of balance, (2002-2004).

Our relationship with nature is screwed up, big time. Our excessive use of languages and technologies continues to drive a wedge between us and the wild animals and plants. The animals are doing crazy things (1). We’ve made them act this way. As the world has been teased and pulled apart, it’s now our responsibility to make things whole again. We face test after test, where the big picture is scrambled beyond recognition, and then we’re asked to connect the dots, to fill in the blanks (2). If we turn to the media for answers, we find the people in highest places are lying through their teeth (3). Young men are dying for all the wrong reasons. Nature doesn’t shed a tear, nor does it offer any solutions. The seasons bring their share of grief. The weather refuses to cooperate. A massive low pressure area is always cause for concern, especially when our loved ones are dropping like flies. The appearance of nature’s voice offers little comfort (4). A young raven is perpetually hungry, and says it’s so. We too are anxious to make contact. We look to nature for companionship. We try to talk to nature in nature’s own language, to form new relationships with the animals and the plants and the earth between our toes. We take a wildflower for a walk across the road. We’ve tried all kinds of crazy things, but so far, nature hasn’t talked back (5).

A raven gives voice to a depressed man.

Part four of five in The Off-Kilter Series.

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