what can we learn from atlantis?

A performance, a lecture, a video.

A curious portrait of the growing obsession with a lost civilization. 

 

 

A building stands, geometric and sparkling in the sunlight. Its slick panels and rafters rise straight out of the cracked concrete, filth, noise, raunch and desolation of a neighborhood block. Its multiple faces crane towards the sky, reflecting the clouds. I call the building Atlantis Tower.


Atlantis Tower hovers as a beacon of transcendence and destruction, embodying its role in a narrative that has been inspired by a discriminating, yet indiscriminate search for the story that eventually ends all stories. This is a portrait of the Atlantis "drive." Beginning with Plato and extending to the depths of ocean off the continental coasts, to outer-space, mystics, historians, explorers, archeologists, nazis, and the channeled spirit of a teenage boy named Eric, the Atlantis “drive” is all around us, and it appears to be increasing.

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Video with voiceover from media used for live performance. Clip 4:25min, TRT 12 Min