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touristic intents installation St. Marys College
single channel video, white cardboard boxes with custom printing


touristic intents is a video installation that explores the connection between mass tourism and ideology. The piece is centered on a case study; the never completed Nazi Resort in Prora, Germany. The mammoth site was built to house 20,000 vacationing working class Germans after the breaking of the unions. The intent was to use propaganda and the promise of leisure time to strengthen sympathies between the workers and the Nazi party. The site was never completed by the Nazis however the Socialist East German government completed the construction and used it as a military training site that also included a small officers resort. Currently the building is being redeveloped with a youth hostel and plans for apartments, condominiums and hotels.

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touristic intents – 2012
single channel video, white cardboard boxes with custom printing, shipping container

The installation is comprised of white cardboard boxes which line the inside of the shipping container and provide a projection surface. The video includes fragments of documentary footage, audio and animated photographs. This piece is an extension of a larger body of work which includes an upcoming documentary film which explores these themes and the current redevelopment of the site though interviews of academics, architects and developers as well as historic and contemporary footage.

touristic intents revised 2 from Mat Rappaport on Vimeo.



2015 Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
2014 screening at Film Labor, Berlin, Germany
2014 The Small Room Gallery, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
2012 Gateway Arts Festival, A Requiem Project, Cincinnati, OH



touristic intents is presented as part of the Gateway Arts Festival, A Requiem Project

The Requiem Project | www.emerytheatre.com
  • Produced by Tara Lindsey Gordon, Christopher Hoeting, and Tina Manchise
  • Curated by Christopher Hoeting
Date: October 20–November 3, 2012

Artist List:

  • Ric Hine, J. Daniel Graham & Darrell Kincer, Ilkka Halso, Terrance Hammonds, Brandon Morse, Michael Platt, Letitia Quesenberry, Mat Rappaport, David Rosenthal, and Joel Whitaker.

Contained, the inaugural exhibit at the Gateway Arts Festival, features outdoor, site-specific glimpses into the contemporary conversation of photography and a unique look into lens-based fine art. Participating artists in this exhibition have created photographic experiences within the boundaries of 11 large steel shipping containers and these photo-based installations are tailored specifically to create experiences that surround the viewer, reference sculptural installation practices, and respond to the volume within the confines of the space.

The artists in Contained work beyond conventional documentary approaches into a staged experience within a space and their lens-based investigations take on a variety of contemporary forms—digital and physical manipulation, print-based media, and film. The artists willingly challenge our understanding of photography’s conceptual boundaries and as a result, they question, “what is real” within the era of photo manipulation and technology. Methods reexamined in these unique photo experiences include camera obscura, pinhole, process, and pigment printing.

Contained is a conversation about perspective among local, regional, national, and international artists among site-specific artworks placed in a temporary public art installation along the northern entrance to Walnut Street in the historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine.