Global Plantation is a multi-media lecture-poem that refers to the sources, mechanisms and effects of the revolution in global capital now underway. A revolution which marks the end of the progressive capitalist model and the reversion to a laissez faire, plantation capitalist model now being acted out on a global scale: the erasure of nations; the world itself as colony. A revolution empowered, mediated, enforced and driven by information technologies and those who control and manage them.
Through the combined media of spoken text, video projection and spatialized electronic sound, "Global Plantation" weaves the abstract details inherent in endless, mind-numbing data about globalization into a rich web of associative meanings. Its goal is not effect but affect: to transform the data of the abstract and de-personalized into the personal and, by doing so, to reveal and place the actions and influences of global capital's strategies for domination within the locus of our own lives.

Whatever lays claim to permanence in the spectacle is founded on change, and must change as that foundation changes. The spectacle, though quintessentially dogmatic, can yet produce no solid dogma. Nothing is stable for it: this is its natural state, yet the state most at odds with its natural inclination.
Guy Debord

The video projections in "Global Plantation" serve as commentaries on and amplifications of the on-going spoken text: the inferential nature of the text is paired with an inferential set of images drawn from the text as source. Given the density of the spoken text, and the general overall density of the multi-media experience itself, the video reveals itself in shots that evolve over spans of time. Many images are iconic, gathering accumulations of meaning and new interpretations through simple repetition, through transformation, and through fresh juxtapositions with the spoken text and music. The projections are a window between familiar reverie and the smoky metaphorics of the oracle, a semi-permeable membrane.

Global Plantation (2000)

video projection for multimedia performance piece funded by French Ministry of Culture, presented in Paris and New York. Video and motion graphics for the projection composed, produced, and mastered at Free Lunch. (58 min.)



Randall Neal (composer, text)

Nathaniel Reichman (sound design, music)

Michael Hanish (video and post production)

Other Video Performance Pieces

Delusions for String Quartet (2000) video for projection. Music by Richard Tolenaar

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