performed at ISE Cultural Foundation | New York City, NY | May 9, 2014 | 30 min. Performed by Cabaret BLACK EYE (Chris Butterfield, Matthew Hunt, and Ryan Standfest). Text excerpts were read from Karl Marx's "Capital: Critique of Political Economy" (1867). Live music performed by Justin Krolczyk. Conception and objects by Ryan Standfest.

a radiant cataclysm
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prop: talisman
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prop: operative mask 1
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prop: operative mask 2
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the custodian cleans as the operatives sleep
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the custodian awakes the operatives
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listening to recorded instruction
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extracting a pill from the talisman
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extracting a pill from the talisman
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lessons in pill swallowing
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applying an Ajna to the forehead
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comprehending the recorded instruction
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consulting the manual / learning the mantra
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placing the blueprint
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instruction in the usage of the blueprint
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the blueprint
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placing the modules
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the Custodian verifies the module placement
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the Custodian guides the Operatives in their work
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placing the modules
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placing the modules
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placement almost complete
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following the work of placement, it is time for lunch
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lunch: an Operative pulls a knife on another Operative to secure half of a sandwich
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pulling a knife
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sharing of the sandwich commences, along with the drinking of milk
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the siren is sounded: lunch is over
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more recorded instruction
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time to wash
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the Custodian verifies cleanliness
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the Custodian provides skin-covered bricks to the Operatives
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using the bricks to smash the modules
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the smashed modules
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the Custodian verifies the destruction
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listening to recorded instruction
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the Custodian cleans while the Operatives skin their bricks
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the Operatives skin their bricks
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the Custodian empties the module debris into a container while the Operatives skin their bricks
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cleaning and skinning
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once skinned, the bricks are scrubbed
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the Operatives now masked, receive white enameled bricks
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the Custodian plays recorded instruction
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the Operatives consider their white enameled bricks
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the Operatives meditate upon their white enameled bricks
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the Custodian nails the brick skins to the wall
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nailing the brick skin
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speaking the mantra
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achieving apotheosis
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