The Golden Space City of God

2009

Grayson, Richard
The Golden Space City of God is a largescale video installation featuring a score by Leo Chadburn, performed by a 26-person choir, in Say Si in San Antonio Texas. Installed in a space containing theatre drapes, plastic stacking chairs and floor tiles, the visitor's impression is more of a community centre than a gallery. Using texts from a website associated with the 1960s American Christian cult 'The Family' (formerly The Children of God), events leading up to the end of the world drawn from the Book of Revelation are described and re-imagined through the imagery and language of science fiction. The chorus invokes the dramas of war, economic collapse, widespread unemployment and social unrest, before the reign of a new world leader, who abolishes capitalism. A giant golden spaceship emerges, driven by God, to take away the elect in order to explore and conquer new horizons.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 45 minutes a - DVD b - 30 Chairs
  • Edition: Edition 1 of 3 + 2 AP
  • Material description: video installation
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC7/2010

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