This square is devoted to the artificial conception and accelerated birth of theories, interpretations. mental constructions and proposals, and their infliction on the World.
It is the capital of Ego, where science, art, poetry and certain forms of manias will be allowed to compete under ideal and identical conditions, to invent the answers to metaphysical questions, to propose changes in social organization, to destroy and restore the World of phenomenal reality.
It will be an incubator of ideologies, which will not be permitted to consume the world, to recognize only certain phenomena and suppress others. Each of these sciences and manias has its own plot. On each plot stands an identical base, built from heavy polished stone. These bases, ideological laboratories, are equipped to temporarily suspend unwelcome laws, undeniable truths, to create nonexistent physical and mental conditions, to facilitate and provoke speculative activities.
From these solid blocks of granite, each philosophy expands indefinitely towards heaven; This growth from the blocks (in direct proportion to the popular appeal, excitement and moral volume of the intellectual activities inside) will house additional accommodation, data storage, fabricated evidence, etc. …
At the same time, these towers will be the visualizations, and symbols of these ideas, a spectacle of sublime communication.
Some of the basic blocks will want to present limbs of complete certainty and serenity, others will choose a soft environment of tentative conjectures and hypnotic, but questionable suggestions.
These extremities, these limbs will form an ideological exhibition, visible from afar, and scrutinized from nearby; the visitors to this exhibition will be spontaneous students, a close inspection and critical comparison of the blocks and towers will create the irresistible urge to choose, join and participate, to share and elaborate a science, a poem, a madness.
This square is the university of the Strip.
The changes of this ideological skyline will be rapid and continuous, a rich spectacle of moral fever, ethical joy. or intellectual masturbation.
The collapse of one of these towering structures can mean two things: failure, giving up, a vacating of the premises, or, the exclamation of a visual Eureka.
A Theory that works
A mania that sticks
An idea that is
A lie that has become truth
A dream from which there is no waking up
On these moments the purpose of the Captive Globe, suspended in mid-air in the center of the square, becomes apparent: all these institutes together form an enormous incubator for the World itself. They are breed ng on the globe, changing it, adding something to its contents.
These buildings and their passionate investigators have consumed facts, objects, and phenomena, in order to give more and better in return.
The globe gains weight. - Its temperature rises slowly. - Invisibly it grows.
In spite of the most humiliating setbacks, its ageless pregnancy survives.
We all have our ear on the stethoscope of the ideologies. The question is (and we are not too pessimistic about the answer): who will crack first?
The skin of this impossible egg, or perhaps ourselves?