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In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Of course, since it was left to fester for so long, capitalism has reached its inevitable zenith, reaching that time that we have been warned about for decades, the age of late capitalism. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Late capitalism is the current state of affairs. How will the art world respond to this?
Pleasure Dome’s screening, Lost and Found in Late Capitalism, is a response to this stage of late capitalism by using its own products. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts, and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.