Unit 5 Post 1- Luna Jerjees

Schneider: Performance Remains

! – “When we approach performance not as that which disappears, but as both the act of remaining and a means of reappearance, we almost immediately are forced to admit that remains do not have to be isolated to the document, to the object, to bone versus flesh” (103).  Performance is not static; we do not experience and ultimately forget. Performance is persistent, it remains ingrained in us.

? – Performance (dance, song, poetry, tradition, ceremony, rituals) has been passed down for generations in many cultures, acting as a source of history for those whose history has been forgotten or erased. Why then is performance not considered history, when it is a vital part of expression?

Birns: “Ritualizing the Past: Ralph-Lemon’s Counter-Memorials”

! – On page 20, Birns references the lynching of Emmett Till under the accusation of suggestive glances at a white woman. Further down the paragraph, it states that there is no description of what the woman looked like. This is simply because it did not matter. A woman said that he looked at her, therefore, her word must be true. It did not matter whether she was telling the truth or not, all that mattered was that they could kill another young black man. Her words or opinions really did not make much of a difference to the mob, all that mattered was that they could point a finger at an innocent young man. The cruelty in these actions goes beyond any human perception, it is an act of utter hate and inhumanity.

? – In considering that many of these monuments have simply been replaced, only known to those who remember, how are we acting as bystanders and allowing this to happen? In allowing these events to be forgotten?

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