Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Critical Mass, 2009
Pil and Galia Kollectiv present an evening of radical worship for the apocalypse, featuring a sermon for the Church of the Atom - "a modern temple. Very modern. Our temple" - and accompanied by ecclesiastical live music by Gelbart. Following in the footsteps of positivism, the Church of the Atom worships at the altar of science and progress, and it's a form of worship that draws upon texts from Auguste Comte (the founder and self-declared pope of positivism). The sermon plays an important part within the Church of the Atom as the composition of the sermon shows us the role that language plays in forming and governing belief whether that is in terms of theology or a belief in progress.
Worshipping at the Church of the Atom is a highly theatrical endeavour and the theatrical gives the event a specific cohesion and authority. In this way, theatre isn't inhabited as a naturalised concept (or an unquestioned form) but is something that's used or staged deliberately as an inherent aspect of the worship itself - a formal device used to form and inform meaning in a particular way. It would be too simplistic to term this within the language of re-enactment - indeed there isn't anything being re-enacted here - but rather the use of recognisable form or framework to create a kind of anti-spectacle that re-does or supplements previous spectacles by addressing the inherent logic that structures its parts, in a way it's like sewing a dress so that the construction of the seams, cut of fabric and lay of the cloth are made apparent and part of the garment itself.