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Digizine

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SHELL SHOCK FEVER DREAM
2022 Q1/2 Digizine (PDF)

SHELL SHOCK FEVER DREAM digizine cover

SHELL SHOCK FEVER DREAM was released in a serialized format on Instagram Stories, with several new pages posted each day from March 15th to April 15th, 2022.

The digizine is composed of historical photography in the public domain; original photography captured via film, instant, and digital technologies; and appropriated graphics — all which have been altered, erased, and saturated with color and fictional data.

SHELL SHOCK FEVER DREAM places imagery from wartime capitalism together with absurd, satirical propositions about perfumery, and hallucinatory photography from mostly around the American West. It spotlights places like the Nevada Test Site, a military-industrial wasteland whose purpose is testing technologies of defense and destruction (pp. 22, 60), and governmental departments like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, tasked with harm prevention in the American labor market (pp. 21, 67).

However, most military activity framed as corporal defense is often more concerned with economic defense, primarily resource extraction and accumulation. This ultimate concern is seen in the redacted "Beauty Articles" (p. 31), a graphical wartime press release issued by the US government to update consumers on the availability of goods before the holiday shopping season during World War II.

SHELL SHOCK FEVER DREAM keeps light on the traumatic, exhaustive, and insane personal damage that the cycle of war, industry, and consumption inflicts. It is seen through the greed of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy (p. 27), or the anonymous, collateral damage of showing up to work on the wrong day (p. 84: rescued survivor of a factory bombing). The irony is that governmental messaging not only encourages laborers to maintain breakneck industrial production (p. 54), but also chastises workers for having inherent human needs which might threaten industry (p. 30). Given our current-day issues of absent universal healthcare, unaffordable housing, and the growing inaccessibility of everyday commodities, it becomes easier in hindsight to see that these are not unforeseen repercussions of the war-consumption cycle, but rather the intended produce which it needs to keep churning.