Room 103, Calculations and Metals
- Dominique Bassal
- Duration: 11:08
- Instrumentation: 7.1-channel fixed medium
- Publisher(s): Ymx média
“A room whose visit initially suggests contemplative postures, almost within reach of our understanding, although the mimics of the silent meditators sometimes appear as neurotic grins.
Then the visitor realizes that this serenity will finally have been only the prelude — preparation, conditioning? — to unrestrained activity.
Employees circulate in all directions, their inner stress hardly controlled by hiccups and spasms.
Here we recognize scribes, accountants, messengers, porters and foremen, a whole cohort of apparently soulless beings — perhaps after a deliberate process of neutralisation.
Everywhere, shiny metal flaps open and close, and numbers cut out of leather are poured into heaps on conveyor belts, which carry them to huge pots filled with liquids that are sometimes boiling, sometimes chilled.
At regular intervals, sexual acts are consumed on the spot, staging the employees with models and animals strapped and encased in a thousand incomprehensible ways.
Taking advantage of a relative lull, verifiers in plush dresses approach the cauldrons, taste the concoctions, then, mumbling and chanting, write down signs on huge scrolls that are carried away as soon as they are completed and blackened.
Through vasistas overlooking the rooms to which these documents are routed, one hears mephistophelean laughter, heart-rending complaints and screamed orders.
The lighting gradually diminishes, the silence falls, and the participants withdraw silently pushing each other…”