Performing the Past – Reenactment and Politics
Post by Alessandra Ferrini
The Port Huron Project (2006-2009) takes as its focus historical, protest speeches from the New Left movements of the Vietnam era. Tribe has commissioned actors and performers to reenact these speeches at the site of their original event. The audience is composed of both invited guests and passers-by. These works have been subsequently featured in gallery-based installations and are available online. By reenacting the past, Tribe reasserts its socio-political force and its relevance in the present. This reveals the possibilities for the past to be a catalyst for change in the present.
“More than just recovering the past, these re-speaking projects use archival speeches to ask questions about the current place of stridency and forceful dissent, and the possibilities of effective, galvanizing political discourse.”
– Julia Bryan-Wilson, Artforum, January 2008
Here is a list of the performances:
And here is a list of the installations:
Mark Tribe (USA) is an artist and curator working with performance, installation and new media. His work explores intersections between media technology and political issues.
Visit the artist’s website.