2016VISUALS BY SHAUN KARDINAL
The I on the lounge of language, this bed where I lies and dreams itself the dreamer. Dreams of every story a love story and all these letters, lovers. And dreams so strong of how I managed to make all these letters mean nothing at all.
IDK is about constructing narratives and nonsense. A nearly illegible love story—one of the more common narratives, a most common form of nonsense. The broken syntax of the poem in layout and the visual reference to a dictionary destroys definition and makes plain how we invent meaning in romantic narratives where we are often choosing and changing our minds.
The text of the poem is hand transferred to a bed sheet designed to look like a misprinted dictionary page.
There are no spaces between the words and 12 models are imposed on the sheet in a collage of shapes and combinations making the text into a background.
The audio allows you to experience a reading of the poem while the video visually unpacks the intentionally obtuse text.
The title, IDK, offers a metanarrative that reveals the theme of disillusioned love and fickle decision making.
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