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On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians II: A Carp Sanctuary

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July 12, 13, 14, 14 during the final ICE FACTORY at the New Ohio Theatre, 2023

Conceived and Co-directed by Esther Neff, Noah Ortega, 3dwardsharp, with Thea Little, Jessica Bathurst, Irina Virina, and Mia Destiny.

"Operating as a practical philosophy of mind, PPL’s new operetta draws on social research and stages live experiments, pitching AI-processed perversions of German avant-garde political theatre alongside expressionist debates as to whether to give sanctuary to the souls of the barbus L catfish (a type of carp), who both perished in the dissection practices of Büchner and Freud and currently clog the watersheds of North America. Mental Representation is no more a way of nature than plastic is a perfect food, and anyone who loves consciousness should be ready to perish for it."

Research for On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians II: A Carp Sanctuary conducted as part of Esther Neff's experimental philosophy/social psychology project STUDY (2023-ongoing)