dream home Audiowalk
Dream Home is a site-specific audiowalk which explores the loss, longing, and hope of leaving behind a home.
Audience members listening to MP3 players are guided one at a time through the Branscombe House and yard, pausing to hear memories unfold in each room. The recorded stories of Richmond community members with diverse experiences of leaving behind their own homes, from immigration to travel to homelessness and housing instability, are interwoven into the piece. This intimate and haunting experience attempts to honour and share the memories left behind in every vacated home, as well as invite audience members to join as witness to Keely's goodbye gesture to Branscombe House after a year long residency.
Created by Keely O'Brien in collaboration with community members during the Branscombe House Artist Residency in Richmond, BC.
Video by Dane Armour, featuring Alexa Fraser.
Dream Homes Zine
Participants in Dream Home Audiowalk were invited to pause during the experience to draw or write a description of a home that they themselves have left behind. These images and words accumulated throughout the project and were then compiled into a zine titled Dream Homes.