Club Paradise explores ideas about the vacation at the crossroads of capitalism and the future of human consciousness. In seeking to understand the deeper meaning of vacation culture, Club Paradise considers certain existing fictions and fantasies about vacation. It examines the use of memory to control capitalism, the colonization of vacation areas, worker migration, pervasive control of workers' minds, the selling of nostalgia and marketing of adventure absent in workers controlled lives.
This project is set in the vacation destination, Cape Cod and islands, where Wampanoag peoples lived in paradise 7,000 years before Europeans arrived. The vacation migration is compared to early nomadic tribes led by their shaman on the tracks of game. Only now the game pursued is a state of mind, a workers’ consciousness, tolerant of capitalist slavery.
The works presented in video and varied media rearrange vacation narrative. They become fable and myth, mixed with signs and propaganda. Nomadic shamanic ritual is proposed in the redemption of hedonistic down time, a time to dream, to consider consciousness, awareness, and reconnect to the rhythm of nature and the vacationer's relation to earth.
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club paradise with jeff crouch in production...
The vacation industry can be viewed as a means of dividing the empires' peoples, hastening environmental damage, the extinction of species, the growth of refugees and migrants, and terrorism. Present in the history of vacation is the context of how down-time and off-time came into being....for certain persons.
Informed by her own work in graphic design, perception and the service industry, Chapman in collaboration with Jeff Crouch reveals the function of text and image inherent in vacation advertising. They question the dishonesty of social and marketing propaganda in an attempt to hone the viewers awareness through works in moving and still image, mail collaboration and essay.
In the video, Welcome 2017, the Cape island trader narrating the video discusses the seasonal economy of his island and armies of imported workers needed to service vacationers for three months every year. The trader describes the results on the environment, community, housing problems (with his personal solution), and the political effects on his personal life. Photography, video, Martha's Vineyard.
don't be a tourist
memories are made here
Cruise Collection includes vacation industry products that build different arrangements of meaning about the vacation...here, two tshirt souvenirs.
Sent is an experimental mail art project with Jeff Crouch. The postcard messages are a secret story without beginning or end. Is a card lost in the mail? Who is writing to whom? What are the motives of writer and recipient? The writing on the back of the cards suggest a narrative different from the usual holiday tourist seeking memories to consume later. Influenced by Derrida’s Postcard, the cards are a secret that serves a purpose we can never know.
...three videos coming soon...
In Last Exit, Chapman remixes the bleak, noir, 1945 film, Club Paradise, originally named Sensation Hunters, into a dark, romantic comedy. With Jeff Crouch music.
Club Paradise is a video ad suggesting the workers' vacation consciousness plays a secondary role in corporate interests, to the unpaid labor of memory production and consumption. With Jeff Crouch music.
Cabo Peligro, based on Rafael Gonzalez music and images, is a surreal mystery dream in a future tourism industry.
In Posted, Rafael González, in Tenerife, Spain, returned seven postcards I sent to him from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.
By chance, a friend gave me an old Cape Verde government public relations cd containing hundreds of photographs of the island. I selected seven photographs to print as postcards. Rafael altered the photograph on the card. On the address side, Rafael stamped it and described his vacation. Or has he? We can not know if his written words are truth, memory, or dream.
The cards hold memories of the printer, two Atlantic trips, my hand, Rafael’s marks, and his story on the paper that was a tree with more memories. The cards have become souvenirs, a memory aide of an experience that may or may not have occurred.
Rafael’s notes are a revealing message. They tell a story that can be compared to the work of dreams. But what is the card trying to tell you?
The cards are trademarked with wings, the messengers wings, maybe even angels’ wings, because angels bear secrets. Yet even if the words are not true, or memories, or a dream, they are a secret message intended for you. Delivered to you from Rafael Gonzalez and Club Paradise.
1945 film, Club Paradise, originally named Sensation Hunters
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cape cod, a tourist destination, surrounded by wampum shells, filled with travel industry logos
memories are made here
two drawings of broken quahog clam shells that are carved into wampum beads
Blue Souvenir: memory and wampum, vacation and consciousness. The prints are cyanotypes, made with sunlight. The photographic process, originally called a 'blueprint,' was used by builders for drawing plans.The group includes two drawings of wampum shells with their distinctive purple edge.
A souvenir is a memory aide that reminds you of a wonderful experience. In Blue Souvenir, a series of designs remind you that the vacation industry has a blueprint for your consciousness.
Remember when you were on vacation? You didn’t have to do anything. You were probably able to attain a high state of relaxation, to alter your consciousness. Maybe you swam in the sea, surfed, skied, did yoga, or hiked or bicycled the coast. You were able to produce wonderful memories of experiences to consume later.
You might spend a lot of time remembering a pleasurable vacation. Nostalgia, memory and consciousness are embedded in vacation. And an altered consciousness is a sign of a successful vacation. When you enjoy a memory, you want to produce more. You become a producer and consumer of memory, and, you are a product of memory.
Brand marks and logos are memory aides. Maybe the symbols of brands give you as much pleasure as the product. If so, perhaps you’ll do a Google search for more of a brand's products online, thus generating more revenue for Google through your unpaid work in memory and desire.
Cape Cod is a vacation destination ringed with ivory sand beaches covered in purple-edged quahog clam shells. Wampanoag carved the shells into 'wampum beads.' They wove the beads in designs that are records of complicated lineages of tribes, pacts and gatherings in the paradise peninsula 7,000 years before Europeans arrived. One design documents a more recent land arrangement with settlers:
'As long as the Sun shines upon this Earth, that is how long OUR Agreement will stand; Second, as long as the Water still flows; and Third, as long as the Grass Grows Green at a certain time of the year. Now we have Symbolized this Agreement and it shall be binding forever as long as Mother Earth is still in motion.'
It is interesting to note, if scientists proceed with a plan of blocking sunlight to prevent global warming, and if water dries up and is poisoned with the soil by fracking, pesticides, oil spills, toxic chemicals, Monsanto and jet plane pollution, plastic waste and sunblock, only a dead earth is left spinning. Then this agreement might very well be null and void.
'Wampum' did become a word for money. European explorers and settlers used wampum beads along with coin as currency. Later settlers mass produced the beads, flooding the market with predictable results.
'My family arrived on the Mayflower,' describes someone's ancestors' migration on the Mayflower ship from England to Cape Cod. Thus the Mayflower captain's log is a peculiarly American memory aide of lineage.