The Ecology of Dreams
Image/ text study of the last outpost of the West, Los Angeles, and its collective unconscious. Less the Tinseltown of sun and surf, rather a 21st Century megalopolis after forty years of neoliberal capitalism: a city of corporate empires and militarised police forces, gated communities and environmental catastrophe. It is also a city of deep mystery and strange beauty. Combines documentary, history, fiction: in LA reality and fantasy are in a terminal feedback loop.
The title is inspired by Reyner Banham’s book The Architecture of Four Ecologies, which found the meaning of Los Angeles in its four "ecologies": the beaches, freeways, flatlands and hills. The city’s fifth ecology, I propose, is that of dreams, which are famously central to the city and to the nation. The meaning and cost of those dreams are open to interpretation.