I’m Thinking of Ending Things
2-channel, HD video installation with sound, 16 x 9 format
In progress / 2017
I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a two-channel video installation project that seeks to commemorate and memorialize the city of Oshawa’s 150-year history of manufacturing through documenting personal sites of emotional resonance. Though the manufacturing sector has been essential to the city, industrial decline and economic turmoil have meant that job loss has been an ongoing collective experience endured by many Oshawans in recent years. As the city continues to emphasize the tremendous growth in the technology, health care and education sectors, little consideration has been given to the emotional and psychological costs paid by those who are losing their employment in this transformation. As this relationship with the manufacturing and auto industries continues to shift and change, the installation seeks to acknowledge and encourage reflection on the personal experiences of grief and loss that are present in Oshawa’s history and landscapes.
Commissioned by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery as part of marking their 50th anniversary, the content of the installation has been generated by submissions from the public, and will be on view from April 29 to September 17, 2017.