Taking a Moment

Into the Flats

“The waiting that one actually does now—in traffic jams or airport lines—acts to intensify resent­ment and competitiveness with those nearby. One of the superficial but piercing truisms about class society is that the rich never have to wait, and this feeds the desire to emulate wherever possible this particular privilege of the elite. The problem of waiting is tied to the larger issue of the incompatibility of 24/7 capitalism with any social behaviors that have a rhythmic pattern of action and pause. This would include any social exchange involving sharing, reciprocity, or cooperation.”
—Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

The above photo was taken at the Bonneville Salt Flats while I was traveling in order to capture footage for the Unknown Play Project. What you are seeing is a car driving across a vast expanse of shallow water, headed toward the drier areas where the famous races take place at Bonneville. Great conflagrations of people hurtling into a vast and seemingly barren expanse.

Rhythm, pauses, the vibrations of the road beneath us, hurtling forward into our own expanse. Traveling light. I still haven’t figured out a terse way to describe my feelings or reflections on the trip, and I’m enjoying the fact that I don’t have to.

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