Video

The Fire Theft

Isabelle Hayeur

2010, 09:00 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 979.03

This video explores the themes of dispossession and repression. It was produced using sequences broadcast on the Web and scenes filmed in an abandoned house. It includes shots of the Olympic flame relay (Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics) and the Keith Sadler Foreclosure Resistance. The degraded video signal mirrors the difficult social conditions evoked in the work, especially in the shots of dilapidated interiors. The Fire Theft reminds us that major sports events benefit a handful of corporations, and often are used as a pretext for real estate speculation and gentrification.

Cette vidéo explore les thèmes de la dépossession et de la répression. Elle a été réalisée à partir de séquences diffusées sur le web et de scènes filmées dans une maison abandonnée. On y voit des extraits du relais de la flamme Olympique (Jeux d’hiver de Vancouver 2010) ainsi que la Keith Sadler Foreclosure Resistance. L’aspect dégradé de ce signal vidéo est à l'image des conditions de vie difficiles qui sont évoquées dans cette œuvre - notamment par les scènes d’intérieurs délabrés. The Fire Theft nous rappelle que les grands événements sportifs bénéficient à une poignée de corporations, servant souvent de prétexte à la spéculation immobilière et à la gentrification.

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