100 years in the future the sea level has risen, flooding San Francisco’s Financial District. Set inside a downtown «commune» (the future word for «office»), Bill: The Musikill guides the audience through a future in which the tech bubble never bursts, but inflates into the logical conclusion of the utopian tech dream: tech-enabled prosperity, leftist aesthetics and high profit margins.
Through jingles, musical remixes and excessive repetition, the protagonist Bill takes the audience on a tour of the CryOm company, introducing us to employees like Will, Guillermo, Wilhelm and Billiam while describing the many ways one might «Bill a bill from a billet in a building in Bilbao.» Or from a building in Brazil. The tour also reveals the realities of the company’s product: a weekly medical treatment that allows users to live forever. To consumers, this means eternal life that’s always a little bit chilly. To CryOm this means good business: eternally dependent customers.
Comitta’s performance ends RE:Dada also as a nod to the histories of sound poetry, a term which the Dadaist Hugo Ball coined 100 years ago, but has evolved into a number of approaches.
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