No, You.

freidawang

No, you. is a series of photographs that explores navigation of the unknown and uncertainties of life through a comedic and absurdist lens. I aimed to display this through following a narrative of a character through a singular day: “day” being more metaphorical than literal and “character” being a conduit for the expression of human curiousity. The character of O and Q represents two sides of the same coin, or essentially the duality of humanity and how we approach existence with a push and pull of chaos and balance. The text does not always work in congruence with the images to offer potential intrigue; it leaves the narrative more open ended for each viewer to interpret differently from their own perspectives.The images and book format draw inspiration from performance art as well as films, with discovery at the heart of them. I like to explore themes of the uncanny—I find that the discomfort evokes deeper thought and questions, allowing viewers to project personal experiences upon a narrative meant to depict the human experience as a whole.

No, You.

by

Freida Wang


No, You.

by

Freida Wang

Copyright © 2020 Freida Wang

No part of this publication may be reproduced, redistributed, or transmitted in any form or

by any means, without prior written permission of the publisher.

All rights reserved.

For more information; please contact Freida Wang at

freida.wang00@gmail.com

Printed in Toronto, Canada

First Edition

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No, You.

CAST LIST

O..................................Jess Mak

Q..................................Jess Mak

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INT. EMPTY ROOM - DAY

O blinks their eyes open, everything seems to be shrouded by a

haze.

The room is void of traces of human interaction, almost like

nothing has existed here before. The walls clinically blank,

light peeks through a singular window.

The house is silent, empty.

They are alone.









Q wanders for a moment, lingering on a thought that soon

ecapes their mind.

O

Do you ever wonder if it’s as mesmerizing

as they all say?

Q

What is?

O

Everything else.

The two return their gazes back upon the blank wall before them





Q

(Mouth filled to the brim, barely

understandable)

Daydreaming is... (inaudible) I’ve never

even seen (inaudible).... How do we even

know it exists?

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Q

AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Q Stops to take a sharp inhale

Q

AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Q (CONT’D.)

AHHHH-

O

Shush! You’ll wake everyone.











Q

Please, take a seat.

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EXT. EVERYTHING ELSE - DUSK

A storm is brewing in the distance.





O steps outside, proceeding cautiously. They make their best

attempt not to wake anybody.

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Rumbling is heard in the near distance.



The Storm draws near.





Q takes a hesitant sip from the carton of milk. [beat]

After a moment they return to the carton with a desparation.

They rapidly consume its contents, milk dripping down their

face, spilling on to the ground.

They engulf the contents as if they had been starved for years

and nothing could quench the thirst.

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Q grabs a rock and tosses it into the VOID.

The rock doesn’t return.

Moments pass.

Q reaches for another rock and as they lift their arm to throw

the second one... the VOID shouts back in a silent, almost

inaudible whisper



*Acetate



O

You.

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Q

No, you.

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CUT TO: BLACK



Thank you Jess Mak for becoming O/Q

and

Harrison Dolling-Boreham for assisting

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The more I progress through life the more I recognise the vast chaos and entropy

around us and by extension, the uncertainty of navigating our existence.

“No, you.” is a series of photographs that explores navigation of the unknown and

uncertainties of life through a comedic and absurdist lens. I aimed to display this

through following a narrative of a character through a singular day: “day” being

more metaphorical than literal and “character” being a conduit for the expression

of human curiousity. The character of O and Q represents two sides of the same

coin, or essentially the duality of humanity and how we approach existence with a

push and pull of chaos and balance. The text does not always work in congruence

with the images to offer potential intrigue; it leaves the narrative more open ended

for each viewer to interpret differently from their own perspectives.The images

and book format draw inspiration from performance art as well as films, with

discovery at the heart of them. I like to explore themes of the uncanny—I find that

the discomfort evokes deeper thought and questions, allowing viewers to project

personal experiences upon a narrative meant to depict the human experience as a

whole.



Freida Wang is a Chinese born Canadian visual artist whose work explores identity

or lack thereof in human existence through her own perceptions of what it means

to exist. Through an amalgamation of the absurd and uncanny, she attempts to

capture an understanding of existence from her own perspective drawing from

themes of her own experience with culture, gender and sexuality as well as pulling

influence from philosophy and science. Her inspiration comes mainly from film

and movement based performance, hoping to be able to capture the moments

inbetween that accentuate the ephemeral state of being that is existence.



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