The Golden Space City of God is a large scale video installation
featuring a 26 piece choir singing an unaccompanied choral work.
The libretto was developed from a website linked to the heterodox
Christian cult 'The Family', a group who developed from the earlier
Children of God of the sixties. This site, (which seemed to date
from the late nineties and which has since disappeared) consisted
of detailed predictions of events leading up to the end of the
text is a shortened version of these and the basis of a choral
work written by composer Leo Chadburn.
Golden Space City of God describes how widespread economic
and social unrest spreads across the globe after an oil crisis
and the collapse of dollar based economies. A world leader emerges
(assisted by UFOs) who establishes a world-wide government through
his use of credit, barcodes, computer technology and pin numbers.
Through UNESCO and the European Economic Community he builds a
giant robot and abolishes Capitalism. Jesus returns to Earth to
fight against this new empire and establish a kingdom of the saved.
A thousand years pass where the survivors live in an ideal agrarian
economy and the elect, who have been given new supernatural indestructible
bodies, rule over the rest of human kind through the power of
invisibility. The masses rise again only to be defeated by fire
and plague. God descends in a space ship - the Golden Space City
- to take the elect away with him to explore and colonise new
planets and galaxies.
these are events drawn from the Book of Revelation re-imagined
and described through the images and languages of science fiction.
text is foregrounded in the video work through the words appearing
on screen in synch to the performance.
Commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio and Matt's Gallery
Golden Space City of God
- Drawings 2009-10