A work created for the 2013 CFA Media Mixer by artist Cauleen Smith and Chicago band The Eternals.
From the program notes
for "Host," a 2020 installation organized by Céline Condorelli at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, which included this work:Song for Earth and Folk
is made out of found footage from Chicago Film Archives and is structured like a blues song with a live-improvised electro-organic soundtrack created by Chicago-based band The Eternals. Cauleen Smith describes the film as follows: “A lament – a blues song about a woman who has been done wrong – seemed a wholly appropriate way to explore this fated relationship between Earth and Folk. Late-stage capitalism depends on destroying everything, so that profits can be extorted out of the process of repair and restoration (wars in Afghanistan, Syria, DRC, Liberia). As we speak, the planet responds. She’s gearing up for hurricane season; She’s got two volcanoes on full blast. She refuses to drop water on the west coast of North America, She is raising water table levels, sinking grand old cities, and tiny little islands. Our spaceship is doing what She must. I wish we humans would do the same.”