Climax is a pop-vocative performance about climate change, developed in collaboration with video artist Lia Janoff for the 2010 EcoArt Fashion Week running during ART BASEL. CLIMAX later opened The G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, Al Gore’ Climate Reality Project, The Sustainatopia Awards Ceremony, The National Theater Convention, The Art Directors Club Award Ceremony at New World Center, The Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City, and The Luxembourg Sustainability Forum at the European Convention Center.
Produced, Created & Performed by NATASHA TSAKOS
Video Art LIA JANOFF & the World Wide Web Vocals from PADDY CHAYEFSKY "Network" performed by PETER FINCH
Music VIVALDI “Four Seasons Summer in G Minor” FAKE BLOOD “I Think I Like it” TELEPOPMUSIK “Another day”
Fashion Design LUIS VALENZUELA & NATASHA TSAKOS Sound design NATASHA TSAKOS
"A tour de force"
CLIMAX was inspired by Paddy Chayefsky's "Network", the iconic satirical dark comedy-drama, written in 1976. The relevance is striking still today....
"I don't have to tell you things are bad.
Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.
We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy.
It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone.
I want you to get MAD! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say: 'I'm a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!'
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!"