Suffering Day

Kaya Kim

Joyful cheers and agonized screams fill the air as the procession approaches. Today is Utopia-X3104’s most popular holiday: Suffering Day.

Revelers in macabre masks line the streets. They gaze adoringly at their heroes through the glass panes of their Suffering Units. They drink in every tortured gurgle, every convulsion, and respond with thunderous applause. The loudest cheers come when the Sufferers begin to leak bodily fluids – not unlike rotting fruit. No one knows for sure when or how or why the citizens of Utopia-X3104 came to value human suffering so highly. Despite having access to near infinite resources – or maybe because of this? – there is never any shortage of volunteers for next year’s Suffering Day.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.