A patch of scrubby desert beneath a cloudless blue sky. In the centre stands a tall white cardboard square on seven cardboard stilt legs. It's like a small section of a solid wall with bars underneath it, but being made of cardboard it looks flimsy, and casts only a thin shadow on the dry ground. Low, scrubby bushes are dotted around the sandhills in the background.
TRUMP SUPPORTERS: Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall!
DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, okay, okay, we'll build the wall. But who's gonna pay for the wall? Who?
TRUMP: Absolutely right, you got it right.
The white cardboard structure remains unmoving in the motionless desert landscape.
EXPERT: One of the things we do to simplify the world is to frame it. Physically. And so, look at this, you've got wall number one and then you have wall number two. But then inside the walls, you have walls around everything. All these houses have walls and inside the houses there are walls as well. And what you do when you put walls around things is you make part of the world simpler so that you can voluntarily modulate the information flow.
Nothing changes in the desert landscape.
TRUMP: Number one... Are you ready?
TRUMP: Are you ready?
TRUMP: We will build a great wall along the southern border. On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall.
SUPPORTERS: Build that wall! Build that wall!
The cardboard structure is still static in the static landscape.
EXPERT: Old cities were walled and the reason for that was because they were places of wealth and if you didn't put walls around them, then other people would come in and steal everything and kill you. So, like, having some walls was a good idea. Borders between categories are a good idea. And so, part of the way you simplify the world is by building walls, walls around your space, because then a whole bunch of things can't come in. And so, you don't even have to think about them. It's not conceptual, it's practical. But one of the things I think I figured out recently is the fundamental political difference between people, and it looks to me like the fundamental political difference is how many walls should there be around your stuff? And the ultimate liberal answer is zero. And the ultimate conservative answer is..."Bring on those walls, man!" And what's interesting about both those...
The desert landscape is unmoving and unchanged.
MAN: Our sovereignty of this country has been violated by people illegally breaking the laws by crossing the border into this country.
WOMAN: The immigrants who came to this country years ago through Ellis Island, they came to this country for opportunity, they came to this country planning on being American. The people that are coming in now, they really want to just continue their old lifestyle and they give nothing back to us.
WOMAN 2: If you can't speak English, don't come. If you don't want to speak English, don't come. We don't need you.
MAN 2: The society that's invading our nation right now is not a moral society. Why do I want to have an immoral society come to my country?
The flimsy cardboard structure stands unmoving and unchanged on the dry ground in the desert landscape.
Monument Of Words
Monument of Words is an installation piece that explores the concept of walls and the prescribed divisions that are meant to neatly characterise race, nationalism, language, religion and personal experience. By listening to arguments from in and around the border, we come to understand the illusion of power; as it brings into question who and what it is we are trying to protect and the role that words play in defining what the wall is meant to represent.
Cindy Rodriguez – Masters of Film and Television, Narrative (2018) Concept & Art
Researcher / Editor - Stuart Gallagher
DOP - Daniel King
Stills Photographer, Graphics & Documentation - Solveig Houzvic Franco
Sound Design - Ande Cunningham
Now This News - “Who's Going to Pay for the Border Wall?”
Jordan Peterson Clips - “Jordan Peterson on the consequences of building a wall around a country”
Fox News - “We will build a great wall along the southern border!”
The Guardian - “Trump's wall ignites tensions in Arizona: 'This country has been violated' | Anywhere but Washington”
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