Janestone Massacre – Immersive installation

devised by Danila Luppino & Alexandre Saden @ CSM 2013

(footages are randomly taken from the internet – the voice si from the FBI database and the sounds been mixed by us)


A massive indoctrination and mind-control

The first reports out of Guyana on November 18, 1978 were that Congressman Leo J. Ryan and four other members of his party were shot and killed as they attempted to
board a plane at Port Kaituma airstrip. Within hours, came the shocking announcement that 408 American citizens had committed suicide at a communal village
they had built in the jungle in Northwest Guyana. The community had come to be known as “Jonestown.” The dead were all members of a group known as “The People’s Temple”
which was led by the Reverend Jim Jones. It would soon be learned that 913 of the 1100 people believed to have been at “Jonestown” at the time had died in a mass suicide.

Members of the People’s Temple had been trained for many years in readiness for the mass suicide that had finally occurred in November 1978.
Jim Jones had shared with his followers his paranoid belief that the American government was plotting to destroy anyone who was involved in the People’s Temple.
Jones’s followers were accustomed to looking to Jones for salvation. They had learned to trust this man known to them as “Father.”

We choose to realise a video installation, by exploiting the camera as a “mass art form, a social rite, a defence against anxiety and a tool of power” (In Plato’s Cave, Susan Sontag)

In Plato’s Cave

Photography changes our condition of imprisonment.
“In Plato’s Cave” Sontag notes how photography separates history into unrelated fractures, a collection of anecdotes.
But we are now all addicted to approving and ratifying reality through photography. We are more addicted to imagery rather then writing.

According to Susan Sontag, alienation of people and a surplus of Faustian energy, built modern, inorganic, “liquid” society.
Photography can be a passive documentary of atrocities. The person who intervene can not record, the person who record ca not intervene.

As photography we represents “the lie of life” through a video installation.