‘I work hard. I work very hard’: a female voice describes herself using language that seems to conform to societal expectations of what a modern person – and a modern woman especially – ought to be. As the narration unfolds without context, her words use stock phrases you might read on a resume or hear aloud as self-affirmations. But the shakiness of her voice accompanied by the wry animated sequences that unfold alongside – a man scaling a house of cards; a porcupine surrounded by balloons – expose the sentiments as hollow and at odds with the narrator’s true experience of life. Based on graphic novels exploring anxiety by the Canadian artist Catherine Lepage, The Great Malaise finds poignance, dark humour and perhaps a good deal of catharsis in mining the gaps between who we think we should be be and who we actually are.
Why one man spent 15 years in ‘self-imposed’ island exile
Nature and landscape
Take a serene hike through an ancient forest, inspired by a Miyazaki masterpiece
Trek alongside spiritual pilgrims on a treacherous journey across Pakistan
Meaning and the good life
The world turns vivid, strange and philosophical for one plane crash survivor
Inside the unique creative space where ‘outsider’ artists find their form
When aggression is viewed as brilliance, it hurts women in science, and science itself
From God’s shoes to satellites in heaven – children weigh in on religion
Technology and the self
Why we should worry less about ‘sentient’ AIs and more about what we’re teaching them
Sleep and dreams
How might the dreamworlds of other animals differ from our own?