…don’t be a tourist: vacation culture, capitalism, consciousness.

On a perfect Memorial Day weekend, a rare, sunny, hot, but not yet sweaty temperature marks the start of summer on the East Coast of the United States. Boats and kayaks float down the highways. As the season begins, future pleasures and past memories flirt in the hearts of vacationers.

Club Paradise is set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a glacier-carved, peninsula paradise. Wampanoag peoples roamed the Cape10,000 years before Europeans arrived. Thousands of archaeological sites have been discovered, indicating that what Thoreau wrote was true. That the Cape was densely populated by tribes who migrated around the Cape for the seasonal summer powwow, for the hunting and fishing. 
The vacation 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 of Club Paradise consider the deeper meaning of contemporary time off. They examine 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. Vacation culture is viewed as a means of dividing the empires’ peoples, hastening environmental damage, the extinction of species, the growth of refugees, migrants, and terrorism.

A round-trip ticket flight from New York to London robs the Arctic of three square meters of ice. Vacation demands fossil fuel, traffic, horrendous service problems and abuses that destroy environment. 
Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries surpassing that of oil exports, food products or automobiles, and on the Cape leisure is big business.
Nomadic shamanic consciousness is proposed in this precarious moment in planet history.  
It is necessary to create paradise at home. To conserve resources, cultivate austerity.  
A mindfulness of the interconnectedness of all beings is crucial. We must hold the idea of anima mundi as our relationship to the world and deep awareness of our connection to nature.
“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


Tears In The Night 01:34.

Race The Sun Meditation 00:52.

Moon On Fire Meditation 00:37.

Welcome 03:14. 

Club Paradise 02:11.

Last Exit 00:47.

Cabo Peligro 06:54.


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Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled. John Paul Richter