touristic intents is a film that explores the connection between mass tourism and ideology. The piece is centered on a case study; the never completed Nazi Resort in Prora, Germany. The mammoth site was built to house 20,000 vacationing working class Germans. The building was used in propaganda to forward a promise of leisure time and strengthen sympathies between the workers and the Nazi party. The site was never completed by the Nazis however the Socialist East German government completed the construction and used it as a military training site that also included a small officers resort. During this time the site housed the largest group of Conscientious Objectors. Currently the building is being redeveloped with a youth hostel, apartments, condominiums and hotels.
It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either ‘lost time’ or a class privilege.Henry Ford on leisure time and class
The industrial idea is to express a serviceable idea,
to duplicate a useful idea,
by as many thousands as there are people who need it.
The industrial value of leisure as a promoter
of the consumption of goods … have been proved.