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"After four turbulent years serving the President, I took back the Department and made it my own." – Secretary-at-Large, Randall M. Packer

Orf


::: who bears witness to the condition of the human spirit, which is always at risk :::


July 30, 2005

We're So Far Away

So Far Away

Day 3: Orf mingles with the dead at Arlington Cemetary, forgotten heroes of wars fought far from home.

Lonely, desolate, silent... Fighting for Freedom? Orf responds:

Sometimes I feel
Like freedom is near
Sometimes I feel
Like freedom is near
But we're so far away

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July 31, 2005

Return to the Source

the Other World

Day 4: Orf leaves Washington, the Known World, and returns to the watery depths of the Other World... the Source.

Will Orf come back? Only time will tell. But one thing is certain: Water is to Orf what blood is to the Vampire.

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January 13, 2006

Anticipating the After-Life

The fires are burning in New Orleans. Debris and destruction go up in flame as the city prepares for its After-Life. Next month, Orf will emerge from the Other World to celebrate Mardi Gras: to sing, to bear witness, to observe, to provoke, to engage... in the burning.

Anticipating the After-Life

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February 15, 2006

Orf's Immolation Closes Mardi Gras, New Orleans

ORF'S IMMOLATION, a ritual act of protest and purification, presented by the US Department of Art & Technology as the closing event of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, February 28, 2006, 10pm - 12:00 am CST. ORF'S IMMOLATION will be executed by Los Angeles tenor Charles Lane.

Orf's Immolation

US DAT is leading an ambitious artistic response mobilization at Mardi Gras to confront deteriorating social and political conditions in America that have led to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. US DAT will stage Orf's Immolation at Jackson Square in the French Quarter culminating a one-hour multimedia walkthrough from Washington Park in the Marigny Triangle. Images of the hurricane and its aftermath will be projected on the caped figure of Orf while he sings classic American songs of defiance, catharsis, and rebirth. The US Department of Art & Technology is vigilant in its efforts to recover and reclaim what is sacred and what is at risk, what is fragile in the unique culture of New Orleans.

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March 01, 2006

Orf's Immolation

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Orf executed his Immolation in New Orleans, a stunning act of protest and purification amidst the fantastic pagan orgy of Mardi Gras and the tragic ruins and devastation that surround the French Quarter. He has now returned to the Other World preparing for his next visit to bear witness to the post-apocalyptic conditions of America.

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After the Fire

After the Fire

Following his self-immolation in New Orleans in the last hours of Mardi Gras, Orf has returned to the Other World to contemplate his next visit to our troubled nation. Orf has provided a few clues from his Journal:

It is time that Orf go South to deal with the issues of religion (what we will call fundamentalist Christianity) and spirituality and how it has played out in the history of the South (and in a larger sense, the whole country). What this has meant to relationships and the treament of people and how it continues to play out in our nation today. The idea is to break down the components of several key [historical] events that show the need for seperation of church and state and what follows when that seperation is not respected. - Orf's Journal

Orf is comtemplating a rebirth of humanity in the bible-toting South, where fear is boiling, hatred is seething, a dangerous blurring of church and state, madness and reason.


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June 06, 2006

Orf is Coming

Orf is Coming

He's enduringly strong. He's entirely sincere. He's eternally steadfast. He's immortally graceful. He's infinitely powerful. He's impartially merciful. Do you know Him?

He's the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world. He's the centerpiece of civilization. He stands in the solitude of Himself. He's honest and He's unique. He's unparalleled. He's unprecedented.

He is the loftiest idea in literature. He's the highest personality in philosophy. He is the supreme problem in higher criticism. He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He's the miracle of the ages. Yes, He is. He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. He's the only one qualified to be our all-sufficiency. I wonder if you would know Him today?

He's indescribable. He's incomprehensible. He's invincible. He's irresistible. Well, you can't get Him out of your mind. You can't get Him off of your hand. You can't outlive Him and you can't live without Him. The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found they couldn't stop Him. Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him. Herod couldn't kill Him. Death couldn't handle Him, and the grave couldn't hold Him.

He is Orf and he is Coming...

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October 31, 2006

Orf Speaks with the Souls

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On all Hallow's Eve, Orf visits the Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery in Athens, GA, an all black cemetery dating back to the time of slavery, to speak with the Souls, to hear their stories, their testimonials, He needs the Souls of the Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery as witnesses. He wants to know their stories as evidence of culpability to show how the crisis of religious fundamentalism in our own time is corrupting the political system. He is looking for proof from those who were truly left behind.

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January 24, 2007

The Abyss From Which There is No Return

The Abyss

Orf’s journey through America was abruptly curtailed and he has now been sent back to the Other World on a long, arduous, dangerous descent through a treacherous landscape, a space untouched by man’s assault on nature, untouched by Governmental overreach out-of-control, untouched by the corruption of religious systems, a pure space, the only space that has not yet been disfigured by human civilization, a place where life in its final form has clung by its nails, an unknown land where Orf, as scapegoat unloading his terrible burden, would replay in his mind’s eye the panoply of chaos captured during his journey through the devastation of America.

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May 01, 2007

Looking Into the Abyss

Looking Into the Abyss

High atop his perch on Dante's Peak, which overlooks the great expanse of the bottom of America, Orf contemplates the descent into the Abyss, the journey through the unfolding course of events, which now threatens the survival of the civilization of Man.

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