Poet Michelle Elrick approaches home through blanket forts, poetry and collected sounds in this stark and beautiful film from the Canadian prairie. “expect something and nothing at once” follows the poet from the stillness of a room to the windswept, late-Autumn field where she struggles to recreate the essence of home.
Written, directed and performed by Michelle Elrick. Filmed and edited by Tyler Funk. Voice recorded by Matt Peters.
This film is part of the larger project Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space, which is a series of performance installations that create intimate places in unfamiliar environments through the play-act of fort building. Using only existing structures and a suitcase full of hand-crafted materials, each fort is constructed, inhabited, noted and dismantled in a live poetic document of sense of place and the origins of home. Notes From the Fort was under way in Reykjavík, Iceland from July-August 2012, then moved to Winnipeg, Canada from September-November 2012. The soundscape that underlies the film was made from sounds collected from the poet/director’s ancestral homes of Austria and Scotland, as well as sounds collected during the implementation of the project in Reykjavík. The poem “expect something and nothing at once” is an imagistic retelling of the poet’s personal sense of home, focusing briefly on a series of bright, vivid images that carry the listener within the walls of the fort and of the poem itself.