"The Resuscitation of Uplifting (Nostalgic Leisure Class Archetypes)," production still (2005)

"The Resuscitation of Uplifting (Nostalgic Leisure Class Archetypes)," production still, 2005
Performers: Beata Pilch, Karl Francis, Nicole Wiesner. From "The Chittendens," five or six channels shot on 16mm film transferred to video and projected as digital media, color, sound, variable length per channel (total length: 2 hours 13 min). Musical score by Sean Griffin.
© Catherine Sullivan

"The process of the piece was to build a mise en scène in which the characters were modeled after twentieth century middle-management and nineteenth century leisure-class archetypes. I started to look at certain things that were symbolic or visual motifs within their milieu. One of those things was the lighthouse, which is often used in ads for insurance agencies, banks, and mortgage brokers as a symbol of stability in American business culture, and another was the office or corporate headquarters."
- Catherine Sullivan