“It is striking that the history of the Downtown Eastside began in destruction and disappearance. In 1886, soon after the city was incorporated, the Great Vancouver Fire swept down on the neighbourhood and razed almost all of it to the ground. The video installation Fire with Fire recalls this troubled period of Vancouver’s history. It also alludes to the neighbourhood’s present conditions by reminding us that many lives have been consumed there, worn down by years of homelessness, drug use, street prostitution, and violence.”
The suggestion that this house is burning is well performed. In fact the scene itself is more interesting than the underlying story about Vancouver’s history. Maybe the story was needed to get the project funded. The situation created here is pretty bizarre and entertaining. Could that be enough to like it? Notice the sound in the video to get an idea about the impact of the projection. In addition there’s a special surprise for those who watch the entire clip: “serving with pride”.