Draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives.
This provocative book meets the supposedly ‘live’ practices of performance and the ‘no-longer-live’ historical past at their own dangerous crossroads. Focussing on the ‘and’ of the title, it addresses the tangled relations between the terms, practices, ideas, and aims embedded in these compatriot – but often oppositional – arts and acts of time.
Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it.
This book contains the narrative text of those ten oral histories in both English and spoken Arabic, as well as an an introduction by the artist, and illustrations of the audience experience in Gardens Speak.