Touristic Intents – 2012single channel video, white cardboard boxes with custom printing, shipping container. Touristic Intents is a video installation that explores the connection between mass tourism and ideology. The piece is centered on a case study; the never completed Nazi Resort in Prora, Germany. The mammoth site was built to house 20,000 vacationing working class Germans after the breaking of the unions. The intent was to use propaganda and the promise of leisure time to strengthen sympathies between the workers and the Nazi party. The site was never completed by the Nazis however the Socialist East German government completed the construction and used it as a military training site that also included a small officers resort. Currently the building is being redeveloped with a youth hostel and plans for apartments, condominiums and hotels.The installation is comprised of white cardboard boxes which line the inside of the shipping container and provide a projection surface. The video includes fragments of documentary footage, audio and animated photographs. This piece is an extension of a larger body of work which includes an upcoming documentary film which explores these themes and the current redevelopment of the site though interviews of academics, architects and developers as well as historic and contemporary footage.
Mat Rappaport’s art work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3 [www.v1b3.com], which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions. Rappaport has published essays in the iDMAa Journal and a chapter in the book Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art and Social Practices by Rutgers University Press. Rappaport’s photographic work is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He has received fellowships from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies. Rappaport received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Rappaport is an Associate Professor at Columbia College in Chicago.