The Sign of Three
SFB 1997

In 15 scenes an apparently straightforward crime mystery – murder, false clues, disappearance of the corpse and all the evidence, film noire dream psychology and last minute revelation – is played out. Parallel and embedded in it, run two alternative texts: firstly a lightly theological speculation on the passion (as a kind of crime mystery, after Jarry‘s ‚the crucifixion considered as an uphill bicycle race‘) and secondly, a critique of Jean Baudrillardís ëOrders of Simulacraí. In the course of the story these levels are mixed up and at different points one or another emerges as dominant, without breaking the narrative surface of the story. Dream plays an important part on all three levels (through it's problematical relation to ëthe realí) and no story is quite settled, though it seems that they are. Strong suggestions, however, are presented to the listener. The text itself, while appearing linear, is also constructed as a puzzle, with two or three separate texts intercut. References to memory communication devices and media form a constant leitmotif , as do embedded sets of threes.
Rex Notes (Chris Cutler)