to celebrate summer solstice, Wave Farm WGXC radio 90.7-FM on June 20, 2020: 10pm – 11:59 pm broadcast my Cave Bacchus recording of Destroyer of Naivetés: https://wavefarm.org/radio/wgxc/schedule/g01g5z
Joseph Nechvatal’s epic passion poem, Destroyer of Naivetés, takes up a position of excess from within a society that believes that the less you conceal, the stranger you become. We live and love in a culture where surveillance/intrusion is tied to our drive for self-revealing everything (an anti-private-life culture of curiosity, egotism, solitude, fear, voyeurism, exhibitionism and resentment — where the feeling is that nothing could or should remain unknown to us).
The sex farce poetic overindulgence of Destroyer of Naivetés takes inspiration from the books of Jean Genet, Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, drawings by Hans Bellmer, film/performances of Bradley Eros, and the erotic scribblings of Giacomo Casanova, Georges Bataille, Petronius, Vladimir Nabokov, Marquis de Sade, Yukio Mishima, Ovid, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Kathy Acker and I Am a Beautiful Monster by Francis Picabia.
In 2016, a limited edition CD of a 1 hour 10 minute recording of Joseph Nechvatal’s sex farce epic poem Destroyer of Naivetés, published on Punctum Books, was released under the name of Cave Bacchus. Cave Bacchus is Joseph Nechvatal, Black Sifichi and Rhys Chatham. The CD was published by Entr’acte – and is also available at Bandcamp.