Made one year after SARS crisis, the video re-visits the images collected from the Toronto and the international media. Through all black and white re-photographed pictures, all we can see is the darkness of a time passed, a city under panic attack, politicians scrambling for words, physicians looking for remedies, citizens living in a state of fear, distrust, paranoia and shame. How are we to make from those few months that seemed to last forever? As if we were in the dark ages, at the time we thought we would never come out of it again.
The video, by portraying the weakness in the human nature, looks at the hysteria created by technology in our contemporary world. If the media is the message, the video questions its biases and truthfulness? In order to create this uncomfortable time, the video is purposely made in total silences to reveal the sense of self-doubt, disgust and the feeling of almost approaching a state of abjection.
Using video technology but referencing the languages of experimental films, In the Dark also pays homage to the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933 - 2003), who passed away about the same time as the SARS oubreak.
Filmed in Mini-DV 2004
Edited on DV
Audio by Shawn Hansen & Ho Tam
Created at the Artist's Residency at Charles Street Video Co-op, Toronto