San Francisco, California
“The transformations in work and social life wrought by the neoliberal counter-revolution that has gathered pace throughout the advanced capitalist world since the late 1970s has had devastating effects on large segments of the population that have been left behind and rendered disposable and dispensable by a combination of technological changes and offshoring. Lost in a world of long-term unemployment and decay of social infrastructures and loss of communal solidarities, large segments of the population are deeply alienated, largely given to passive resentments punctuated by occasional eruptions of sometimes violent and seemingly irrational protest. All it will take is for the volcanic protests from the Swedish suburbs to Istanbul and Sao Paulo to coalesce to reveal the vast magma of alienation bubbling underneath. Capital will then be confronted with a political crisis that will be almost impossible to manage without draconian autocratic repressions that will in turn exasperate rather that assuage the discontent. Uneven geographical developments in the division of labour and the parallel increase in social inequality in life chances are exasperating that sense of alienation, which, if it becomes active rather than passive, will surely pose a major threat to the reproduction of capital as it is currently constituted. Society will then have to face the stark choice between an impossible reform and an improbable revolution.”
— David Harvey
"Money requires the State, without a State money is not possible; indeed the foundation of the State may be said to date from the introduction of money. Money is the most natural and the most powerful cement of nations... The fact that money is indispensable, and that State control of money is also indispensable, gives the State unlimited power over money. Exposed to this unlimited power the metal covering of money is also as chaff before the wind. Money is as little protected by the money-material from abuse of State power as the constitution of the State is protected from arbitrary usurpation of power by the parchment of paper upon which it is written. Only the State itself, the will of those who are in power (autocrats and representatives), can protect money from bunglers, swindlers and spectators - on condition that those in power are capable of purposeful use of their power. Up to the present they have never, unfortunately, possessed this capability." - Silvio Gesell
The Iron Triangle, Queens
"The bodies [are placed] in a little world of signals to each of which is attached a single, obligatory response: it is a technique of training, of dressage... The training of school children was to be carried out in the same way: few words, no explanation, a total silence interrupted by signals - bells, clapping of hands, gestures, a mere glance from the teacher." - Foucault.
Washington Square Park, Manhattan
"They say we speak treasonable when we declare that human life is plastic, that human nature is malleable, that men possess the dignity and meaning of the environmental and institutional forms through which they are lucky or unlucky enough to express themselves. They solemnly assert that we seek to overthrow the government by violence when we say that we live in this manner because the Black Belt which cradles our lives is created by the hand and brains of men who have decreed that we must live differently. They brand us as revolutionists when we say that we are not allowed to react to life with an honest and frontal vision."
Washington Square Park, Manhattan
'From Invisible Theatre to Thai Soup.' Catherine Wood.
"They propose a paranoid cityscape laced with a pervasive mistrust of perception, and, therefore, of many of the assumptions upon which one's social and economic navigation of the city - and of these institutional spaces of art - depend... in different ways, these artworks register the uncomfortable nature of this environment, pointing to the hysterical eruptions of theatre in every facet of interaction - from the casual encounter on the street, to a view of the passing crowd, to the figure of authority."
BROOKLYN, New York
"This idea of "me" and "mine" -- ahamkara and mamata -- is the result of past superstition, and the more this present self passes away, the more the Real Self becomes manifest. This is true self-abrigation, the centre, the basis, the gist of all moral teaching, and whether man knows it or not, the whole world is slowly going towards it, practicing it more or less. Only, the vast majority of mankind are doing it unconsciously. Let them do it consciously. Let them make the sacrifice, knowing that "me" and "mine" are not the Real Self, but only a limitation. But one glance of that infinite Reality which is behind, but one spark of that infinite Fire which is the All, represents the present man. The infinite is his true nature." - Swami Vivekananda.
Pershing Square, New York City
"Letter from a Man." John Menlove Edwards.
"I grew up exuberant in body but with a nervy, craving mind. It was wanting something more, something tangible. It sought for reality intensely, always as if it were not there..."
Doctor Zhivago. Boris Pasternak.
"Everything had changed suddenly- the tone, the moral climate; you didn't know what to think, whom to listen to. As if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself. There was no one around, neither family nor people whose judgment you respected. At such a time you felt the need of committing yourself to something absolute - life or truth or beauty - of being ruled by it in place of the man-made rules that had been discarded. You needed to surrender to some such ultimate purpose more fully, more unreservedly than you had ever done in the old familiar, peaceful days, in the old life that was now abolished and gone for good."