All systems trend towards a state of disorder and uncertainty. The laws of nature inevitably break down. To resist entropy is only to speed it along.
WERNER HERZOG ON WRESTLEMANIA is a fictional documentary which takes as its subject three performers claiming to be climate scientists wintering in Antarctica. Drawing on sources as disparate as 'Moby Dick' and Magic: The Gathering message boards, this performance asks, "When disasters of unimaginable proportions become workplace minutia, what would it mean to embrace entropy as a philosophy of living? Is it the same as nihilism or fatalism? Or is there something more fundamentally hopeful in the stability and sameness that comes with thermodynamic equilibrium?"
This project is an ongoing collaboration by Devin Burnam, Peter Clough, Jennifer Gustavson, Kathryn Hamilton, Steffi Kowalski, Alex McConnel-Trivelli, Terence Mintern, Cyrus Moshrefi, Isabel Sanchez, Bruce Steinberg, and Matt Wilson
In February of 2014, we did a first workshop of WERNER HERZOG ON WRESTLEMANIA at The Other Side Studio in East New York. Photos from that performance are available here. A complete recording of this performance is available upon request.