The Shiatsung Project
A woman lives alone in a small house situated in a tidy yard surrounded by a seemingly impenetrable wall.
She spends her days reading, swimming, and watching TV. She eats regular meals and keeps her house clean. But the simplicity is deceiving, because the woman has no idea how she came to live in her house, and—most importantly–what exists beyond the wall. Her only source of information is a talking TV monitor in her living room called Shiatsung. The entity controlling the monitor is committed to keeping the woman hydrated and educated, but it refuses to answer any of her existential questions and keeps her under constant surveillance.
Lonely and frustrated, the woman begins to search for answers of her own. The Shiatsung Project explores surveillance culture and authoritarian control, and how they disrupt our very human need for connection, intimacy, and a meaningful life.
“[The Shiatsung Project is] an eerie parable of authoritarianism, technological dependence, and the need for privacy and intimacy in the digital age. This strong debut marks Archambault as a creator to watch.” —Publisher’s Weekly
About the Author
Brigitte Archambault, born in 1973, lives in Montreal. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University, her career debuted with solo and group painting and sculpture exhibitions in galleries in Quebec. Concurrent with this, she worked on animated film projects, including her own short films which have been screened at festivals worldwide. More recently, she has found the time to realize a dream: that of creating her first graphic novel.
107 pages, 4.25 x 6.25 inches
b&w, trade paper