In the first performance of the Ghost Monologues in the Underground Studio Bunker, I chose Jerry Mander’s Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television as the text. While the book was written 40 years ago in 1978, and focuses on the media effects of television, it couldn’t be more relevant today. Television as a platform for the dissemination of propaganda and mind-numbing programmatic material has simply been absorbed into the monolithic, universal medium of the Internet. Now the amplification of media disinformation is greater, faster, and ubiquitously distributed by nearly everyone on the planet.
TRUMP is fully in control of our heads. He is masterminding our reality. He is inside every one of us, like a virus that has penetrated deep into our consciousness, our souls. How has he done this? Simple. He owns the Media, and in turn, he owns our minds. TRUMP is the master of the Media Universe. He manipulates the chorus of pundits like so many puppets. No matter whether they love him or hate him. This makes NO difference to TRUMP. It is all about capturing and maintaining our undivided attention. Because every second they are talking about TRUMP, is another second he is burrowing his way into the recesses of our mental space.
And so… amidst the Chaos, I write within its turbulence, like a calm with the STORM… finding solace in this primordial writing space, around which are the resonances + ground up fragmentation + particles of the MEDIA FLOW. That Flow never ceases, ALWAYS ON, IN THE EVER-PRESENT-PRESENT OF RIGHT NOW. BUT INSIDE OF THE TORRENT I keep on writing in the sweeping granulation of it all.
The media FLOW that emanates from the Bunker via the Third Space Network is a study in information: excess, noise, beauty, comprehensibility, seduction, control, and systems management. The FLOW can be too much information or too little, and at times opaque, fragmented, complex, jarring, mesmerizing, translucent. We ask: how does the FLOW impact the nervous system, state of mind, intellect, and the sense of who we are in a world of constantly pulsating information?
When two women survivors of sexual abuse confront a Senator in an elevator to dissuade him from confirming a Supreme Court nomination hanging on the precipice: that is the raw hope of humanity rising. This bold assertion of civic duty and act of conscious at the House of Congress to challenge unfair authority is the kind of powerful defense of democracy that gives raw hope to what remains of a rapidly deteriorating political system.
Here in the Bunker, my life in Singapore is receding as a very distant and faded memory like a strange dream that evaporates in the light of day. The Bunker is my home again, where I can carve out a sense of order & production & communication. The Bunker is a space for the interior dialogue, connected to everything & everyone & everywhere: all the voices that hover around and infiltrate this space of refuge.