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Monthly Archives: September 2008

I’ve been slow to post about this one, both because so much has been going on and because of a feeling that the meeting was more influential for my project than I can quite articulate right now. But I will go ahead and post something because I’m thankful for the help and as a kind of placeholder for the stuff I’m processing. Read More »


Our travel right now is mostly shaped by my partner’s research work on memorials at sights of trauma, but not surprisingly torture makes up a pretty significant sub-theme in memorial culture. At the former Stasi prison in Berlin (and later at the concentration camp complex at Auschwitz-Birkenau) I found plenty to think about in the way torture and resistance were memorialized. Read More »

The second “listening rehearsal” for DR could not be more different in style than the first, though they were equally productive. Caroline Donath, a playwright and actor in Stockholm who I contacted through the mailing list of the arts organization Fylkingen (thanks, Hans!), is intense in thought and conversation. Nick and Yuichiro are very laid back and, while they certainly think hard, do so in a way that is very playful. Caroline certainly has a sense of humor, but she definitely took the project seriously… Read More »

The PSi conference was also where I “officially” started work on a sub-project, Dark Room: a performance and conversation about torture. I haven’t talked about it much with folks, but I’ve been planning for years to go back to making performance somewhat intensively, and specifically to make a work as part of the Torture and Performance research project. And since part of my argument seems to be that making performance about torture is hard to do well, I felt like I should put my work on the line, too. Read More »

Following hard on ATHE, I presented a paper at the Performance Studies international conference in Copenhagen. I was on a panel titled “Trauma, Torture, Tourism” with LB and the remarkable Christina Schwenkel. LB was elaborating the theoretical foundations for her work on “Trauma Tourism” especially as it occurs around memorial aesthetics, and Christina talked mostly about John McCain’s torture biography as illuminated by her remarkable fieldwork in Vietnam. Read More »