sea foam lining every reach



Great emptiness as

simple as that went

So straight before-


had not been able

then not being idle

went absent away


Now faith is not what we

hereafter have we have a

world resting on nothing


Rest was never more than

abstract since it is empty

reality we cannot escape


from “Souls of the Labadie Tract” by Susan Howe

Vancouver Fringe Feature: Curious Contagious

the real /darryl

A darkly comedic modern fairy tale genetically spliced with a surreal educational science film, Mind of a Snail’s Curious Contagious will play at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival, bringing the same spectacle as their Pick of the Fringe, Caws & Effect.

Curious Contagious Picture 1

A stressed ­out Unicorn falls ill while building a giant donut shop. Meanwhile, a pair of quirky viruses search for the perfect place to replicate.

The story is told using layers of shadow puppetry techniques, physical comedy, music, overhead projectors, and a large number of detailed cutouts.

Curious Contagious is the new creation of Vancouver based Mind of a Snail.  The duo consisting of Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel, has been developing multilayered styles of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Curious Contagious won Patron’s Pick at Toronto Fringe, and Most Daring Show at London Fringe.

Mind of a Snails’ previous work, Caws & Effect won awards in London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton…

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birdspiral spit

detail from birdspiral painting

warming mind

swaying girth
spanning time
brief pockets of sun
(the streaming kind)

lantern domes make muffled sounds
(momentarily illuminating mine)

flickering embers in campfire’s bowl
little lapping, licking flames
jamming survival in newborn coal
this fire is never tame

-jessica gabriel (2008)