Using Las Vegas as the carrier I will attempt to blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy by exaggerating characteristics of the adult playground itself, while presenting fiction as fact in the form of a video essay. 2012 will represent the last year the city's environmentally unsustainable existence and unusually high suicide rate were overlooked in favor of the exceptionally high revenue garnered by its 40 million annual visitors. The failure of Las Vegas as a capitalist utopia will be made apparent through the self destruction of the Hoover Dam by scientifically feasible means. As a city whose population was bolstered by the influx of scientists and staff working on the Manhattan Project, any reference to suicide would inevitably point to Las Vegas' historical obsession with death. Thrill rides atop the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino function as suicide simulations for visitors willing to pay $150 to jump off the tallest tower west of the Mississippi in a blind act of consumption. Satirical advertisements reinforce Las Vegas’ apocryphal identity, while my presence in the piece will contradict that illusion. In the end, I will attempt to explore a city forced to simulate its own reality in an attempt to escape the facts and statistics that humanize its existence.
Link to the finished film: youtube.com/watch?v=P1mgF19qHL4
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