Ghosts of Shopping Past: The Failed Illusions of American Consumerism

Ghosts of Shopping Past: The Failed Illusions of American Consumerism

Photography by:  Brian Ulrich, Chicago

Ghosts of Shopping Past is a photo-documentary by Brian Ulrich, a photographer who lives and works in Chicago.  His work has been shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.  He is a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.

Brian Ulrich’s photographs of closed-down malls and big-box retail stores reveal the potential ghost towns lying inside successful shopping complexes all across America.  His photo-documentary is a testament to the devastating impact of the current financial recession, as well as to the failed illusions of a lifestyle based upon unbridled American consumerism.

Slide Show: The Ghosts of Shopping Past

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Madame Tutli-Putli: A Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

Madame Tutli-Putli: A Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

Madame Tutli-Putli is a 2007 Academy Award nominated, stop-motion animated short film by Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski.  The film takes viewers on a breath-taking journey into the world of Madame Tutli-Putli.  Her journey proves to be a difficult, terrifying one: a combination of Hitchcock for the unexplained dangers and Alien for the other-worldly interruptions that go well beyond just about anything one has previously experienced in a puppet, stop-frame movie.

As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with her all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers.  Finding herself caught up in a desperate adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, she is forced to confront her demons.

Madame Tutli-Putli: A Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

Slide Show: Madame Tutli-Putli’s Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

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