This work consists of a series of three hardcover bound volumes that were created using reproductions of the 1962 Canadian Federal Parliamentary Hansards (25th Parliament) —a time when the debate was squarely focused on the Cuban Missile Crisis. From each of the volumes, I selected a phrase that appears in the debate that has resonance with today’s political discourse and landscape, and laser cut the words in a cascading fashion throughout each volume. Each of the 3,463 pages has been individually laser cut before being bound. 

2018
10.5"  x 7" x 15.5” 

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes I, II, and III (2018). 10.5" x 7" x 15.5”.   Photo by Cory Ransom.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes I, II, and III (2018). 10.5" x 7" x 15.5”. Photo by Cory Ransom.

The following phrases have been laser cut into Volumes I, II, and III respectively:

Certainly the words “offensive” and “defensive” may have a very different meaning depending on which end of the gun you are looking at.
— Terry Nugent (Edmonton-Strathcona) Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
Through power and terror we want to make man happy. What a poor and illogical concept of happiness.
— Robert N Thompson (Red Deer) Social Credit Party
We are losing this war…because we are not fighting on many fronts where the weapons are not shooting ones, as we know them, but rather weapons of intrigue, subversive propaganda, trade infiltration and economic disruption.
— J.P. Cook (Montmagny L’Islet) Social Credit Party
 House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes I (2018).   Photo by Cory Ransom.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes I (2018). Photo by Cory Ransom.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes III (2018).   Photo by Cory Ransom.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes III (2018). Photo by Cory Ransom.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes III (2018).   Photo by Cory Ransom.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes III (2018). Photo by Cory Ransom.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes II (2018).   Photo by Cory Ransom.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes II (2018). Photo by Cory Ransom.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes II (2018).   Photo by Cory Ransom.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, Twenty-Fifth Parliament, Volumes II (2018). Photo by Cory Ransom.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.    Photo by Alex Farko.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.  Photo by Alex Farko.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.    Photo by Alex Farko.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.  Photo by Alex Farko.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.    Photo by Alex Farko.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.  Photo by Alex Farko.

 House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.    Photo by Alex Farko.

House of Commons Debates, First Session, for public viewing (2018), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, March 2018.  Photo by Alex Farko.