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Intern[ed]: a performance – installation

How are architecture, politics, labor and invisibility entangled?

Intern[ed] draws into tension the erased architectures of internment mandated by FDR’s Executive Orders 9066 and 9102, as well as the invisible labors that occurred there, with contemporary executive orders in which confinement and exclusion are also latent. Laboring at making and unmaking space occurred throughout the weekend. Timed events each evening juxtaposed choreographies of spatial labor, video projections, performances of drawing/erasure and text.

Intern[ed] references the following documents and places:

  • Executive Order 9066 authorizing the creation of exclusion zones
  • Executive Order 9102 authorizing the construction of relocation centers
  • Executive Order 13767 on “border security and immigration enforement improvements”
  • Executive Order 13769 “protecting the nation from foreign terrorists”, aka the Muslim ban
  • Santa Anita Race Track WCCA Assembly Center, Arcadia, California. Established March 27, 2941. Closed October 27, 1942. Maximum population: 18,719.
  • Manzanar Relocation Center, California. Established March 21, 1942. Closed: November 21, 1945.  Maximum Population: 10,046.
  • Poston I, II and III (“Roastin,” “Toastin,” and “Dustin”), Colorado River Indian Community, Poston, Arizona. Construction initiated March 27, 1942. Built by Del Webb. Closed November 28, 1945. Maximum population combined: 17,814.
  • Canal and Butte Camps, Gila River (or “Rivers”) Relocation Center, Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton, Arizona. Established March 19, 1942. Closed September 28 and November 10, 1945. Maximum population combined: 13,348.
  • Contemporary Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Centers in Arizona:  Florence SPC, Florence Correctional Center, Central Arizona Correctional Center, and Eloy Detention Center.


Performance Documentation



project direction, design and production: Beth Weinstein

dramaturgy: Ana Martínez

performed model (de)installation: Andrea Bertassi, Geneva Foster Gluck, Lizzy Guevera, Di Le,  Ana Martínez, Amanda Ochs, and Beth Weinstein

performed erasure: Bob Vint (Friday), Bill Mackey (Saturday), Robin Shambach and Robert Miller (Sunday)

performance documentation coordination Eduardo Guerrero

performer-videographer Dorsey Kaufmann

additional workshop participants: Hani Alhamed, Afshan Behnamghader, Jennifer Braun, Scott Hunter, Anna Koosman, Mikayla Krager, Chung-Tse Lin, Patricia Liu, George McConnell, Barrett Miesfeld, Samira Mivehchian, Truc Nguyen, Derek Roadcap, Kurt Vlahos, and Saltanat Zhumagulova.

Acknowledgements: Primary support for this project comes from the University of Tasmania School of Creative Arts as well as the University of Arizona, CAPLA and School of Architecture.

The following organizations and communities been instrumental in the project’s development: The Window gallery and urban laboratory, Exploded View gallery/microcinema; Thinking Its Presence conference and The UA Poetry Center; TRANS- journal; Performance Studies international, Between Spaces Symposium and ACSA. Special thanks to the Natural Resources Standing Committee on behalf of the Gila River Indian Community for permission to conduct research in the former Canal and Butte Camps, and to the GRIC LUPZ staff for their support. The Gloo Factory and many colleagues offered materials repurposed in the installation. Additional appreciation goes to the National Parks Service for their work at Manzanar, and to countless journalists, activists, scholars, curators, and photographers who shed light on the stories of Japanese-American internment and of those adversely impacted by today’s executive orders. Heart-felt thanks to my doctoral supervisors, Dr. Dorita Hannah and Dr. Stephen Loo, and to collaborator-extraordinaire, Ana Martínez.

Intern[ed] is a component of Beth Weinstein’s doctoral research through the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts.


timed events

  • Friday, November 17, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, November 18, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Sunday, November 19, 6:30-7:30pm


Sundt Gallery

Univ. of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning + Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). 1040 North Olive Road, Tucson, Arizona


Spatial Labor Exhibition and Performance at Exploded View

Early sketches and explorations