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Performance / Ship of Fools / Gardar Eide Einarsson
Tuesday, January 10 / Doors 7:30pm
untitled (...and then your wages, your blankets, and your right to suck cocks won't do you any good, because we'll all drown)
2005, thirty nine wool blankets
Gardar Eide Einarsson will stage a one-night performance of "Ship of Fools", a play written by Theodore Kaczynski while incarcerated for murdering four people and injuring many others. The performance engages with the theatre’s history as a vehicle for the avant garde, and makes comment on theatre’s inert and ineffective role in contemporary cultural practice.
"Ship of Fools" is a parable about technology, apocalyptic drives and human progress - the same issues that fueled the bombing spree that Kaczynski was eventually jailed for. The staging highlights the relationship between ways of expressing political ideas and oppositional desires – from the socially sanctioned cultural product to the extreme act of violence – and how they both end up as contingent and even clumsy translations of these ideas and translations.