Hyannis, Massachusetts. A tree hung with found objects and shells by tourists, then cut down by a local homeowner.
CLUB PARADISE 2017-2019: vacation culture, capitalism and consciousness. Filmed Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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The Cape is a glacier-carved, peninsula paradise where Wampanoag peoples roamed 10,000 years before Europeans arrived. The contemporary summer migration that swells the populations of Cape Cod and Islands 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 projects examine the deeper meaning of contemporary time off: the selling of nostalgia, the marketing of adventure absent in workers controlled lives, colonization of vacation areas, worker migration, and the use of memory and consciousness to control workers’ minds. Tourism, one of the world’s largest industries, is viewed as dividing people, hastening environmental damage, the extinction of species, the growth of refugees, migrants, and terrorism.
A nomadic shamanic consciousness is proposed to heal this precarious moment in planet history. It is necessary to create paradise at home, to conserve resources, cultivate austerity and mindfulness of the interconnectedness of all beings, hold the idea of anima mundi as our relationship to the world. A deep awareness of our connection to nature is crucial.
“Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.” Plato
Club Paradise 02:11 An advertisement for a fictional resort suggests memory and nostalgia are used by corporate interests in the vacation industry to produce a workers’ consciousness tolerant of capitalist slavery. With Blaine Reininger music. Destany Foley.
Last Exit 00:47 Poetry dialogue with stills from the bleak, noir, 1945 Club Paradise. Beginning and ending with gunshot murder, this Club Paradise was released the same year the US bombed Hiroshima. Last Exit becomes a romantic vacation advertisement that comments on perception, storytelling and propaganda. With Jeff Crouch music.
Welcome 03:14 The Cape island trader, Trip Barnes, talks about the seasonal economy of his island. He describes the armies of imported workers needed to service vacationers for three months every yea and the effects on environment, community, housing (his personal solution), and politics in his personal life. Martha’s Vineyard.
Cabo Peligro 06:54 Surrounded by a burning world at war with itself, only vacation sites are conflict free. Here we find an on-call AI mixologist crafting custom memory enhancing drinks for vacationing workers. Rafael Gonzalez music and photographs. Destany Foley.
Tears In The Night 01:34 Ad for Club Paradise. With Jeff Crouch music and image.
Moon On Fire Meditation 00:37 Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse January 2019. With Jeff Crouch music and digital images.
Race The Sun Meditation 00:52 With Jeff Crouch music.