Crash stemmed from an art project I was involved with a while back. Labspace Studio is an arts organisation based in Toronto Canada. They developed an initiative called The Noise Project where artists in different mediums were challenge to produce a creative response to a noise. For the second noise challenge I created Crash. The brief for the project is written below.
NOISE CHALLENGE #2: THE LITTLE THINGS
This week spend some time paying attention to the little things…. the sounds that you tend to ignore and the seemingly insignificant noises that you take for granted. You have 1 week to listen, identify and select one “insignificant” sound and transform it into something “significant.”
After listening out for the ‘little things’ I wrote a little poem and decided to create a big illustration. What I wrote on The Noise a Project Blog is written below:
I spent some time listening to the small things. I took a walk around a few parks where I live, but found the best examples were in my flat. I felt compelled to tell a really brief story using a comic book and a combination of poetry. The comic is only two pages and shows what I heard – I never smashed the bug – I would never do that. I did find some bugs in my flat though. The poem is not so much a reaction to the visuals (which I illustrated first), but an antagonist within the comic.
The text of the poem reads:
If only you hadn’t got on his nerves
You could have been putting your neck out.
But now it is crushed under a finger
While the smashed mirror echoes your past lives.
I think the above text pretty much covers my approach to writing Crash.