(Director: Chuck Mobley)
Conceived as an Adam Curtis-inspired documentary fever dream with a deranged Folkways soundtrack, this 50-minute movie accompanies the entirety of The Size Queens’ fifth record; a lengthy song cycle that was released only in this format. Informed by ideas found in the work of feminist economist Ursula Huws ("The Making Of A Cybertariat: Virtual Work In A Real World") and the "Tammy" film series from the 1950s, the record depicts an ontologically unstable protagonist able to exist in different points in time and space. The video, like the recording, presents an unsettled globe, unsustainable, environmentally wrecked, ultimately economically (even triumphantly) returning to a planet full of migrants and dust bowls. Classic films, now existing in the public domain, such as Robert Newman & William C. Jersey’s "City of Necessity" (1961); Pare Lorentz’s "The Plow That Broke The Plains" (1936); Ernö Metzner’s "Polizeibericht Überfall" (1928); and Marios Lefteriotis’ "Requiem for Humanity" (1970) are edited alongside U.S. Army documentaries, corporate tobacco and alcohol retail training videos, and even anti-drug propaganda films. Consumption Work was released exclusively as a movie, premiering exclusively on Johns Hopkins University's Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review website on Election Day, November 6, 2012.