Voice from episodes 1 & 2 of Oblique View video series
Originally, I shot this footage of Vancouver’s Chinatown for a sitcom about a resident of the Blue Sky building, a new luxury rental property in the neighbourhood. The resident is driven crazy by the neighbouring electrical station and in a state of delirium acquires a sound system from a merchant at Pigeon Park to drown out the endless electric hum. The sound system is vintage and so large that it will fit in neither a Car2go nor even an EVO. So the resident must also purchase a shopping cart and push the towering system through downtown. Once at home, he plugs his iPhone into the system to play some music that brings him momentary comfort. Yet he still doesn’t feel quite at home in his new bachelor pad. So he decides to head to a local bar to drown his sorrows. He unplugs his phone from the system and notices an electrical hum coming from the speakers. He unscrews the lid of the hi-fi and finds a panel of electrical components that is like a miniature of the power station. He looks out his window and wishes deeply to understand what has brought him to this place that he now calls home. He closes his eyes and reaches down to the amplifier, where he imagines himself beyond the barbed wire fence, standing in the middle of the power station. He feels a shock. He is shaken from head to toe. Yet for once he feels grounded. From that day on he embraces the current, soon seeking out others in his building who suffer from a similar state. Administering to them his brand of shock therapy whilst throwing parties on his humongous hi-fi. He dubs this group The Blue Sky Club and so begins a new cult in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
I got an oblique view
Can you feel it too?
When you walk through this neighbourhood
Beyond the sights of lantern light
Could you believe in neon tonight?
So why be sad? Some say
It’s not the Chinese way
Stand below the blue sky
And the new buildings strung up high
So then the question is…
What kind of hue?
The Blue Eagle cafe used to sell drugs
The Blue Eagle cafe used to show my grandpa love
The blood still runs blue
In old wives
Who slow down
When passing through this small town
That was once out of bounds
Here the Art Deco still tries
To shape old lies
That cover up the power station’s high
Alongside new luxury rental suite lives
This is inscrutable change
Especially when the BBQ pork still tastes the same
I hate this colour now
I hear it buzzing loud
Even though the lantern’s LEDs
Will never make a sound
And the power station’s lines
Will soon be decommissioned into condo ground
Blue, blue, blue
Can you feel it too?