Event-Scenes: e000
Date Published:
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, Editors


Mark A. Lunt

In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation. - Guy Debord

It was the time of the storms:
great electrical storms.

Across the state
television signals would be disrupt(u/r)ed
and the viewing public
would sit motionless before
flickering, blue
erratic screens:

the Gilligan's Island rerun
would be edited differently
this time round.

On every street
across every town
a lone cyclist, head bowed
raced into
and away from
the storm
hoping to make it home
in time for
Wheel of Fortune
(with big cash prizes
and a new car at stake)

Alex Trebek's "message"
irrupt(u/r)ed into
every home
and the medium,
the message, the culture
began to fragment

On each carefully mapped
circuits of meaning
flashing, blue
and dizzying
in their complexity
erupt(u/r)ed and
played themselves out

While the storms
became real
via carefully encoded

Mark Lunt is a performance artist and community activist based in Seattle. He is currently working with the Community Action Network, an organization which was established to explore notions of community and virtual community.
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