First World Order (1992-1994)

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First World Order_4aFirst World Order is an exploration of the modes of perception and expression which link diverse peoples and cultures around the world. This research and production spanned three years and four continents.

The First World Order originated in the Nile Valley civilization, millenia before the Common Era, and migrated out to the far corners of the planet. Keys to understanding the First World Order exist today as codes and fragments in the arts, culture, and symbolic language systems of many diverse peoples.

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Sources materials include analog video (BetaSP, Hi8, SVHS), 35mm photo, S8mm film. Digital animations and graphics created on Amiga computers with Personal Animation Recorder, Video Toaster, AD Pro, Image Master, Deluxe Paint. Edit master on 1″ digital video.

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fwo_crew1_4aBelize/Trinidad & Tobago: (L-R) PMJ, Thomas Allen Harris, media artist, Carlos De Jesus, media artist, NYU

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India/Malaysia/Fiji: (L-R) Alex Mathews, sculptor (India), Carlos De Jesus, PMJ, Ndukacu Amankulor, Ph.D., Professor of Performance Studies, NYU

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Angola: Annette Lawrence, media artist, Maryland Institute College of Art; Lamont Gonzales, videographer, Howard University

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post-production, Patricia Clark, media artist, Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University

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jajah 01_4aMadras, India, HQ of a political party. The emblem refers to the “dawn of a new day for the Dravidian people.” The emblem corresponds with the symbol for migration myths found in the Nile Valley, West Africa, Meso America, Hawaii and Melanesia. The Dravidian civilization migrated from the Horn of Africa, and predates the Vedic and Hindu civilizations.

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.The seeds of First World Order are found  in the video and animation works Wassa, Jembe, Dreamkeeper, and Paradigm Shift. These ideas also morphed into the 3D interactive disc-based domain in Alchemy and Mirrors & Smoke.

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.First World Order was originally conceived for video broadcast, and later reconfigured for CD-ROM and web.

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Guides: Robert Ferris Thompson, Ph.D., Flash of the Spirit, the African Atlantic traditions in art and ritual practice; Charles Finch, M.D., Echoes of the Old Dark Land, iconography in the Nile Valley civilization; Ivan Van Sertima, Ph.D., African Presence in Early Europe; R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, philosopher, eqyptologist, Esoteric thought and temple architecture.

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Produced at the Institute for Studies in the Arts, College of Fine Arts, Arizona State University. Richard L. Loveless, Director.

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Support: The Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Independent Television Service, Arizona State University.

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