Battling the Big One from the Ground Up

April 25th, 2015

Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Here we go.  A document of a process that will unfold over the next six months.

The first thing to admit is:  I don’t know what I’m doing.

The second thing to admit is:  It’s the perfect time to do this thing because I’m fully curious about how this is going to get done anyway.  As a team effort –out of necessity.  What feels like personal ineptitude sometimes makes for a beautiful launch pad for the strengths and genius of others!  I’ve seen this enough times. . .

So the sum of parts is we’re working to promoting a city-wide L.A.R.P. (Live Action Role Play) around the idea (entirely fictive / make-believe / for fun) that we can name (and therefore, promote) the date of the Big One which is supposed to devastate Los Angeles and leave all of us mumbling, shell-shocked.  But not if we have things go our way.

Let’s be really clear (with ourselves, at the very least): we do not believe in predicting the future.  The End has been forecasted for specific dates so many times, with such grandeur and fanfare and the result has been, in some cases, the death of the unlucky (thirsty) few, and / or in other cases, the distinctive sound of fizz in a neglected glass—we’re not interested in that.  We are not interested in that.

We are interested in a joyful, collective, consensual (doesn’t that sound good?) exploration of FAUX-mass paranoia as a premise for mass entertainment (community disaster improv) which we hope in turn, will yield as happy side-effect: mass preparation.  We are interested in treating disaster date prediction as nothing more absolute than setting a wedding date in order to mobilize guest coordination, and event planning for something that will take place.

We are attaching a date to the collar of the Big One, simply because if we’re going to get ready for it, we need a calendar day to work around.   Some of us might even go so far as to demand a calendar invite in order to feel like we’re really being included in something special.  Could earthquake preparedness be framed as an activity more like getting ready for a party than getting ready for suffering? Could it be something to look forward to and plan for?  What are you going to wear to The Big One?  Do you have your speech ready?











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