Abstract Your Desires
Abstract Your Desires

All That You Desire: A Tour of Wall Street, was a guided tour performance, conducted from the back of a limo and in front of some of neoliberal capitalism's monuments in Lower Manhattan. The tour took the lessons of the "street" and applied them to everyday life. What if we all acted like investment bankers?

The first lesson: see your desires abstracted from reality.

Be Blind To Irony
Be Blind To Irony

Federal Hall, where the first amendment was signed, an amendment that guaranteed the right of free assembly and speech everywhere. During the fall of 2011, the NYPD erected on this building's steps, a "free speech zone" for Occupy protesters. Outside of that area, they were fair game for harassment and imprisonment for speaking out against neoliberal capitalism.

The second lesson: Embrace irony. In fact, be blind to it.

Turn Your Desires Into Needs
Turn Your Desires Into Needs

You don't want what you want, you need it. When you need something you will do anything to get it. If you feel in anyway guilty about this, just convince yourself that your needs are aligned with the needs of others. Or don't. This is the lesson of how to get it all in an era of "low-density hope".

Go Into Debt
Go Into Debt

In front of the Federal Reserve in Lower Manhattan, where private banks are capitalized (given money) by the public (the US Treasury). 

Lesson 4: Go Into Debt. Debt is a word that poor people use. The rich call it leverage - or the opportunity to make more. This is more than a twist of phrase, it is a way of being in the world.

In The Limousine
In The Limousine

What do you want? How do we transform altruism into actionable, selfish goals? This process has been modeled for us by the behavior of financeers in the neoliberal regime.

Abstract Your Desires
Be Blind To Irony
Turn Your Desires Into Needs
Go Into Debt
In The Limousine
Abstract Your Desires

All That You Desire: A Tour of Wall Street, was a guided tour performance, conducted from the back of a limo and in front of some of neoliberal capitalism's monuments in Lower Manhattan. The tour took the lessons of the "street" and applied them to everyday life. What if we all acted like investment bankers?

The first lesson: see your desires abstracted from reality.

Be Blind To Irony

Federal Hall, where the first amendment was signed, an amendment that guaranteed the right of free assembly and speech everywhere. During the fall of 2011, the NYPD erected on this building's steps, a "free speech zone" for Occupy protesters. Outside of that area, they were fair game for harassment and imprisonment for speaking out against neoliberal capitalism.

The second lesson: Embrace irony. In fact, be blind to it.

Turn Your Desires Into Needs

You don't want what you want, you need it. When you need something you will do anything to get it. If you feel in anyway guilty about this, just convince yourself that your needs are aligned with the needs of others. Or don't. This is the lesson of how to get it all in an era of "low-density hope".

Go Into Debt

In front of the Federal Reserve in Lower Manhattan, where private banks are capitalized (given money) by the public (the US Treasury). 

Lesson 4: Go Into Debt. Debt is a word that poor people use. The rich call it leverage - or the opportunity to make more. This is more than a twist of phrase, it is a way of being in the world.

In The Limousine

What do you want? How do we transform altruism into actionable, selfish goals? This process has been modeled for us by the behavior of financeers in the neoliberal regime.

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