documentary / experimental documentary
experimental, documentary, tourist, global
Universal Tourist is an experimental documentary observation and a sociological and cultural study of a global phenomenon of mass consumer culture: it interrogates tourist photographic practices - the holiday snapshot. The video observes tourists while they act as tourists. It takes pictures of people taking pictures. It records them while they record themselves. Recorded at Royal Palace Bangkok, The Queens Horse Guards London, Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Checkpoint Charlie Berlin, Potala Lhasa, Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, Tianamen Square Beijing, The Olgas and Alice Spring Australia, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Kiyomizudera and Ginkakuji Temple Kyoto, Penang Hill Malaysia, Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro.