Conducted by Taylor Brook and performed by Tenth Intervention, May 5th, 2017 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York.
"Thresholds" uses Jan de Bont’s 1994 action film “Speed” as a primary material and structural metaphor to explore themes of late-capitalism and climate catastrophe. Godfrey Moase writes that "Our current economic system depends on capital’s continuous and exponential expansion – without it there is no profit. And as capital grows so must we give up more of ourselves and our planet to serve this insatiable system.” Moase argues we are held hostage by the pursuit of economic security, increasingly working harder hours for fewer wages; with this process perpetuating the inevitability of climate catastrophe.
I find an uncanny comparison with the process outlined above and the narrative device of the 1994 action film “Speed”, in which a domestic terrorist arms a city bus with an explosive programmed to detonate if the speed of the bus drops below 50 miles per hour. The explosive device forces the passengers of the bus to drive faster and faster, holding on to the shallow hope of survival despite the inevitability of the vehicle running out of fuel. In "Thresholds", I aim to construct a similar scenario where the musicians are pushed to increasingly intense extremes. The work explores themes of repetition, fragmentation, and dislocation.