Video

My Mother was in a Bad Mood

John Armstrong and Paul Collins

03:00 minutes, colour, Silent/English

TAPECODE 965.01

My Mother was in a Bad Mood is a silent, 3-minute video sequence shot on Toronto's waterfront Gardiner Expressway during a late afternoon rush hour. A band of text runs through the video, and tells the story of a family drive north of Toronto.

My Mother was in a Bad Mood is an excerpt from Four Sisters, a 77-minute video. Four Sisters is comprised of 23 incidental narratives that look at life in Toronto and Paris, work, travel, coincidence and minor revelatory moments in the lives of both artists — the sort of anecdotes that one might tell on a car trip. The stories recount remembered moments from childhood or the workplace; the illness and subsequent death of a parent, or of a pet; humorous travel tales and wry social commentary.

*Note: This is a silent video. A radio may be played in the background tuned to music.� When possible, the artists may provide live music for screenings.�

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