…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.
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.
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