Club Paradise

explores vacation culture at the crossroads of capitalism and the future of human consciousness. In seeking to understand the deeper meaning of time-off, Club Paradise considers certain existing fictions and fantasies about vacation.

Tears In The Night, 01:33, Jeff Crouch music

Last Exit, 00:46, remixes poetry dialogue and Jeff Crouch music with images from the bleak, noir, 1945 Club Paradise. Released the same year the US bombed Hiroshima, the film becomes a romantic vacation advertisement that comments on perception, storytelling and propaganda.

Moon on Fire Meditation 00:37, filmed 01/2019 Super Blood Wolf Moon, Jeff Crouch image and music

Race the Sun Contemplation, 00:52, Jeff Crouch music

In the 2017 video, Welcome, 03:14, 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 in the environment, community, housing problems (with his personal solution), and the political effects in his personal life. Photography, video, Martha's Vineyard.

Two videos in production…Club Paradise and Cabo Peligro midsummer…

Chapman, in collaboration with Jeff Crouch,  reveals the function of text and image inherent in vacation advertising. They rearrange vacation narrative and question social and marketing propaganda in moving and still image, mail collaboration, print, and essay. The works become fable and myth, mixed with signs and propaganda.  

Club Paradise 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.

These works examine the colonization of vacation areas, worker migration, pervasive control of workers' minds, the selling of nostalgia, the marketing of adventure absent in workers controlled lives and the use of memory to control capitalism. 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, migrants, and terrorism.

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.

Blue Souvenir: memory and wampum, vacation and consciousness . Blue Souvenir prints are cyanotypes made with sunlight. The photographic process, originally called a 'blueprint,' was used by builders for drawing plans.  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.

Blue Souvenir: memory and wampum, vacation and consciousness. Blue Souvenir prints are cyanotypes made with sunlight. The photographic process, originally called a 'blueprint,' was used by builders for drawing plans.

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.

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Links to work online

Posted, with Rafael Gonzalez 2018, mail collaboration, Club Paradise, https://www.utsanga.it/cahpman-gonzalez-works/

Race the Sun 2019, video, Club Paradise , https://compostxt.blogspot.com/2019/03/new-videos-from-cecelia-chapman.html

Moon On Fire Meditation 2019, Club Paradise, https://www.redfez.net/video/night-moon-on-fire-meditation-131

Blue Souvenir: memory and wampum, vacation and consciousness 2019, prints, Club Paradise, https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2019/02/cecelia-chapman.html

Sent, with Jeff Crouch 2018, mail collaboration, Club Paradise, http://www.unlikelystories.org/content/sent