Directors: James Long and Maiko Yamamoto
Shadbolt Centre, Vancouver/Burnaby, B.C.
In one part of the city, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In another part of the same city, a town crier receives these observations via tablet – a modern-day version of the trusty scroll. Drawing upon patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook, Town Criers treats everyday considerations as the news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether, and then filtered through the live body and voice in an oratorical sculpture. This first incarnation of he work was created for Burnaby Days.