Script: Citizen: 248 predictions about what I will do when democracy comes
Performers: Hardhi Harris, Jack Hayﬂick, James Kaliardos, Carol Neiman, Sangeeta Parekh, Tammy Tunyavongs
Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
A blackboard fills the screen. From the left, a hand writes: ‘I will be a hotbed of insurgency’. An arm enters from the right to erase these words, and another hand writes ‘I will ignore the dim whispers of the missing’. The statements pile up contradict and collapse, yet each stands as a valid statement of desire and possibility.
Script: Blogger: Stop sending emails asking if I am for real
Performers: Jason Westby (Speaker); Fiona Horrigan, Hardhi Harris, Jack Hayﬂick, James Kaliardos, Carol Neiman, Sangeeta Parekh, Patricia Thomas, Tammy Tunyavongs, Andrea Weston (Audience)
Running Time: 20 minutes 38 seconds
A young man sitting in a classroom reads a text composed of selections from web logs about war. Moving between conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, he constructs a first-person narrative that is not attributable to a single person despite his steady presence as the reader.
Script: Correspondent: But you have to tell it in a way that doesn’t lose you your credibility
Correspondents: Abderrahim Foukara, Correspondent, Al Jazeera, New York City, January 8, 2007; Raghida Dergham, Columnist / Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al Hayat (London), New York City, January 13, 2007
Running Time: 19 minutes 6 seconds
In interviews, foreign correspondents based in New York discuss the ways in which they mediate information, the challenges of reporting from America for foreign audiences, and the difficulty of removing or suppressing personal feelings from their coverage of events.
Script: Veteran: I am thinking I should put on my uniform
Veterans: Corporal José Omar Portilla, United States Marine Corps (Retired); Private Mickiela Montoya, United States Army National Guard
Running Time: 40 minutes, 2 seconds
Two veterans recently returned from their deployment in Iraq speak about their training and routines, their experiences in Iraq, and their return and reintroduction to civilian life. These public speeches, revised and edited from previously recorded interviews, are delivered in uniform to an empty auditorium.
Script: Interviewer: I ask her how she imagines her audience
Performers: Carol Neiman, Jack Hayﬂick
Running Time: 10 minutes 21 seconds
A figure approaches a microphone in an empty lecture hall and reads a list of questions. The list narrates an interview with a figure that has taken place in the process of producing the piece.
Script: Student: If there was an enemy in the room it would totally change things
Students: Tjitske Holtrop, Janelle Lamoreaux, Nina Mehta, Emily Sogn, Vasiliki Touhouliotis
Running Time: 43 minutes 47 seconds
A group of anthropology students ask each other questions as they constantly shift from interviewer to interviewee. The scripted questions initiate conversation about ethnographic narrative, the challenge of speaking for others, ethical violence, and the impact of the war on the classroom.
Script: Actor: And you just go on. And you just go on
Actors: Hardhi Harris, Jack Hayﬂick, Fiona Horrigan, James Kaliardos, Carol Neiman, Sangeeta Parekh, Marguerite Plekhanov, Patricia Thomas, Tammy Tunyavongs, Joseph Turkel, Andrea Weston
Running Time: 17 minutes 54 seconds
Actors attempt to learn the words of people involved in the war, and trying to memorise charged and confusing definitions for terms such as ‘torture’, ‘enemy combatant’, and ‘habeas corpus’. These fragmented readings reflect the process of encountering the limited knowledge of war provided in language, and how terminology, changing definitions, and new forms of speech are assimilated.
Script: Lawyer: We are the good guys, at least in the storyline we like to stick to
Performers: Tanya Selvaratnam (Lawyer); Hardhi Harris, Jack Hayﬂick, Fiona Horrigan, James Kaliardos, Carol Neiman, Sangeeta Parekh, Marguerite Plekhanov, Patricia Thomas, Tammy Tunyavongs, Andrea Weston (Audience)
Running Time: 17 minutes 57 seconds
A lawyer, played by an actress, gives a presentation to an audience about her relationship to law and the extra-legal crisis of the Guantanamo detentions. The text is based on an interview with a U.S. lawyer representing Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
Script: Source: I just couldn’t write about it. I just couldn’t
Running Time: 16 minutes 50 seconds
The voices of three U.S. soldiers speak about the experience of becoming a soldier and the challenges of returning to civilian life. Their words are transcribed on a computer screen, with the starts and stops of the transcriber framing their reflections.
Script: Detainee: Please tell me when it’s my turn to speak because I don’t know what’s going on here
Readers: Kyle deCamp, Kouross Esmaeli, Judy Greene, Patricia Hoffbauer, Dan Hurlin, Jesal Kapadia, Taisha Paggett, Lloyd Porter, George Emilio Sanchez, Mike Sperlinger
Running Time: 4 hours 4 minutes 28 seconds
Combatant Status Review Tribunal Transcripts, pages 002954–003064. Tribunals conducted between July 2004 and March 2005 at the U.S. military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Document of a four-hour public reading held at the Judson Memorial Church, New York City on March 11th, 2007.
A group of 8 persons reads the transcript of 18 of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. based on the transcripts available on the U.S. Department of Defense website. The readings make audible a record of quasi-legal proceedings that had been closed to public scrutiny. The readers rotate roles throughout the performance, variously embodying the figure of detainee, personal representative, Tribunal president, Tribunal member, translator, narrator, recorder and audience member.