Ready to Cope

2006, video (7 minutes)
If denial was considered a national crisis, the psychological implications of security issues become paramount. In resistance to Canada’s 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act, Ready to Cope shows ways in which society’s chronic obsession for safety and security has become both a private and public crutch. Edited from horror and science fiction films, self-help guides and motivational instruction videos, Ready to Cope is an impassioned record of collective anxiety. The characters are in an unknown tragedy: the baths they take, the halls they walk down, and the air they breathe become the crisis itself.

Photo 5 and 6 by: Toni Hafkenscheid