a perfect metaphor of our times, as the camera slowly zooms out, Santigold is revealed as only a tiny protrusion on a massive, floating organism. flailing hands cover the perimeter of a large part of this being, as do factory-like smoke stacks which emit puffs of dark gas whenever Santi consumes the birds - we get the impression that Santi’s huge body is a processing plant of sorts. and actually, this organism appears to move forward only through the thrust generated by another gas expulsion towards its back end. basically, the more Santi eats, the more is processed, and the more she defecates, propelling her body forward. if she does not eat, she cannot move forward, if she does not move forward, she will not eat - it’s the kind of cyclical, shark-like metaphor that often gets attributed to this current late stage of global Capitalism, where perpetual motion and consumption are equated with growth and stability, offering little in the way of imagining a different reality.
Mutu’s collaborative animation, however, does invite us to consider the future, what happens “at the end”, and beyond. She challenges us to identify the ways in which we have become complicit, and comfortable in the current situation, accepting our reality as the only possible reality, rather than taking the time to reflect, reinvent, and re-imagine a way out of our self-destructive narratives.