by G. Jack Urso
This spoken word project utilizes
a two-second sample from Terry Riley's classic ambient piece "A Rainbow in
Curved Air" as well as various sound clips from the movie THX-1138 and the TV series The Prisoner with segments of my poem,
"The Prayers of
Shiva.” The sample from "A Rainbow in Curved Air" is looped for two
minutes to provide an “aural mandala” that focuses the listener on the content
of the piece. The visual element — a wavering eye cycling through a color-saturated spectrum — provides a focal point without distracting
the viewer from the work itself. The number on the forehead reinforces the idea that we are just cogs in an organic machine — A Clockwork Orange — along with all the sociopathy that name suggests.
Heavily influenced by Ken Nordine’s Word Jazz, this piece explores the
loss of individuality in the 21st century consumer culture.