A palatial structure in the clouds is adorned with a stock exchange ticker, drone wings, and baroque regalia. A "big box" retail store is housed in the center. Subtle references to biblical symbols associated with the Apocalypse are also present. Taken together, The First and the Last is a dream-like animation that elicits anxieties about an increasingly technological and consumerist future. This work is derived from Monaghan's 2018 video installation, Out of the Abyss.
The First and the Last, 2021Video00:45 sec81.7 MBMP4
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