CADE's perception of the environment and the people he encounters in it is fundamentally linked to the evolution of the unfolding crisis. Whilst it may present the form of a lurid disaster fantasy, a perverse desire for catastrophe induced by excessive boredom, the core of CADE's understanding however relies less upon conjecture than one might initially suspect, alternately displaying simple intelligence-gathering balanced by the occasional hypothetical counterpoint.
'Counterfactuals', as the title suggests, imagines alternate situations, capabilities and potentialities, masked only from from the epidermis of perception by the colourful language of the ordinary; indeed, the 'ordinary' exists only in language, as CADE well knows. The doubts aroused by the length of a street; the obsessive measurements and documentation that follows a path of its own; the sudden isolation of a community member shipwrecked on the hidden reef of his neighbours' suspicion - distends and warps the surfaces we expect to walk upon with ease. A single street, an alleyway becomes a million miles long. A hopeless distance from desire.