Are today’s big corporations looking for another slew of fresh-faced tech entrepreneurs, or do they want candidates that are a little more hungry?
How hungry are YOU?
For instance, would you be willing to get down on all fours and bark like a dog?
The darkly absurd world of cult novelist Kris Saknussemm brought to the screen for the first time by rogue filmmaker JMDF and a host of demented characters.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He controls the present controls the past,”
George Orwell warned us in his novel of Soviet-style oppression, 1984. But perhaps there’s a
scenario even twice as dire, for he who controls the language may in fact control reality
itself. One of the things that interested me about Kris Saknussemm’s play, The Humble
Assessment, was the way it laid bare the inherent deceptions of corporate-speak. Like
Orwell’s doublethink, it’s a kind of soft coercion that bypasses the employees’ ability to
think for themselves.
I think the worst of all environments are the ones where joy is implicitly mandated.
Reality can be a source of great misery, but instead of changing it, a rich pharmacopeia
of medically approved and government sanctioned cures are offered instead. This way bad
equals good and nothing really changes. Good and bad are only words after all, signifying
whatever the master of language says they do. It’s important that artists use language,
whether it be the language of signs, signifiers, simulacra or sensuality, in order to
broaden, deepen and beautify the human experience.
Those who would use language to limit human experience provide neither the microscope
of deep introspection nor the telescope of widened perspective. They are like smegma on
the lens of life to be ground off and polished away by a real visionary.
I grew up on a twisted ontological diet of William S. Burroughs’ word virus, Jean Paul
Sartre’s existential nausea and the reality-destabilizing properties of psychedelic drugs, so
it’s easy for me to conceive of this life as a word-spawned illusion forever open to
interpretation. No one knows where language originated, but once you see how language
sets the limits of reality then you know how language will end, like a self-fulfilling
The world of The Humble Assessment is cyclical in nature, like a karmic wheel. According
to Hindu scripture we are currently living through the Kali Yuga, the darkest and most
depraved of the four repeating ages of mankind. It is an age of moral dissolution, at the
end of which there is destruction and subsequent rebirth. The Humble Assessment is a
morality play of sorts, focusing in on a single, particularly average man, in order to gain
perspective on the importance of each human life and the eternal consequence of all
our words and deeds.
- JMDF, Director