Four Sisters

John Armstrong and Paul Collins

2008, 78:13 minutes, colour, Silent


Four Sisters is a silent, 77-minute video sequence shot on Toronto's waterfront Gardiner Expressway during a late afternoon rush-hour commute from east to west and back again (and then back again). The video looks inland, towards the city centre before turning to look out, towards and across the lake. A band of text runs through the video, recounting 23 anecdotes in English or French.

These incidental narratives look at life in Toronto and Paris, work, travel, coincidence and minor revelatory moments in the lives of both art ists. These texts have been interpreted as being the sorts of anecdotes that one might tell on a car trip, such as the one we are viewing. The stories recount remembered moments from childhood or the workplace; the illness and subsequent death of a parent, or of a pet; humorous travel tales and wry social commentary.�

*Note: This is a silent video. A radio may be played in the background tuned to music.� When possible, the artists may provide live music for screenings.�

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