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Tim Satterthwaite
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June 5, 2020 12:20 pm  

Alasdair: thank you for this fascinating talk. Could you tell us a little more about the symbolism of this event? On one hand, Byers sets up a cosmic circle, with all the interlocutors swathed in an endless pink robe. That suggests, to me, a circle of initiates, with the studio and TV audience as validating observers (outside the circle)? But the callers phoning in, and the speaker-phone, seems to relocate the cosmic circle out in telephonic cyberspace - that the oracular status belongs to the disembodied voices. Have I misunderstood how this worked? I would have thought the people on the stage might have felt slightly foolish, being relegated to pink-robed bystanders? Is there any record of how the work was received, by its participants and audiences?


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