“On Progress”

“On Progress”
​With Professor Stewart Orwell Teric III

3/12/19

This piece begins with a pitch-shifted “vaping professor” male drag version of myself who lectures on the topic of progress from Aristotle to Kuhn. As the text becomes more and more… exciting… video projection comes on with a pre-recorded version of the same lecture, and is progressively modified through MaxMSP to distort, loop, and echo itself while I become more and more animated. Eventually I, as the live lecturer, diverge from the projection in order to tend to a fallen potted plant. As the projected professor finishes the lecture alone, I experience the feeling of soil under my hands and against my skin as I try to scoop the spilled earth back into place.

Read a draft of the loosely improvised script here.