Dark Vader

Karma Clarke Davis

2001, 01:45 minutes, colour/B&W, English


Dark Vader is a pseudo commercial collage which uses graphic images and metaphorical references to present a view on globalization that is both literal and ironic. Using still images taken on site, I have created an expressionistic panoramic digital montage that depicts scenes from the summit in a three panel format.
(This is meant to suggest the type of historical panorama that might have been painted of the last battle fought in that area-the battle of the Plains of Abraham). The work is direct in it's usage of anti-globalization slogans taken from the parlance of anti-globalization groups and are used to present the strategies of the fight. The soundscape/music, which is integral to the play of the piece, makes use of samples from the "Darth Vader" march in Star Wars juxtaposed with traditional drum beats from third world areas such as India, Africa, and Latin America. The last sample is obviously taken from "It's a Small World After All" - a Walt Disney Classic. The ironic linkage to globalization, which is evident in the verses of the song, becomes even more obvious in the saccharine chorus - "there's so much that we share, that it's time we're aware, it's a small world after all". This is a classic corporate refrain that truly seems ripe for plucking for those bodies who support a potentially devastating (economic) "union" or blending of diverse nations. The piece ends on a humourous and tongue-in-cheek manner using a phrase which is very familiar to the majority of those who are part of the anti-globalization movement as a phrase of hope and heroism: "May the force be with you." Which is just another corporatism.

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