Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach

SUN 02.24.15

9.30PM

Eistein

Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach

SUN 02.24.15

9.30PM

The effect of this condition is that we, the gadget lovers, not only feel left behind by the object, which is clearly unfaithful and will always move on, but also that the object is more or less worthless when we posses it.

The problem, then, of Einstein’s Nightmare is that it constructs a blindingly bright, high-tech dystopia where people turn to gadgets and live in bondage with the technical system that demands obedience through the performance principle. Of course, this is a particular form of bondage — voluntary servitude. We turn to the machine in order to escape from the horror of information overload that destroys living memory and transforms us into proletarianised objects. As McLuhan explains, we “self-amputate” ourselves in technological objects that are unable to carry the weight of our need for care, attention, safety, and security, primarily because these objects are profane, worthless, unfaithful.