“Control” is a television series on art and writing in which a recurrent character, a sort of detective wanders between episodes attempting to establish new relations of meaning. The sole protagonist, played by different actors and actresses, is a detective taken straight from a detective novel. The commonplace of this cynical figure of the detective acts as a discourse-producing tool; considerably astray in a maze of stories whose meaning has been forever lost, he/she incarnates a person who has access to hidden facts, invisible systems, and the occult parts of the world, and imparts his/her paranoid conclusions in a disillusioned way.
In “Control”, the figure of the detective offers long-winded speeches, interchangeable ventriloquist-like ectoplasms of those dislocated monologues which borrow from the vocabularies of art, liberal economics, critical theory, and psychotherapy. Merging with one another, these distinct forms of discourse become absurd and crazy tools of a paranoid interpretation of the social world, based on the alienation of bodies, the devaluation of identities, and the complexities of desire for meaning. At this moment “Control” counts three complete seasons.