Intern(ed) is an installation and durational performance devised from research about the former Tucson Federal Honor Camp established by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and other internment camps of the American SouthWest. The project foregrounds past blurring of truths, states of anxiety and misguided judgements that resonate with our current socio-political, and physical, context in borderlands. Located within a naturally isolated basin in the Catalina Mountains, the Honor Camp held war-resisters during WWII; lines of painted rocks indicated the prison’s limits. Today, the little that remains constitute both a historical trace and evidence of erasure of ‘a great wrong’. Renamed after its famous inmate Gordon Hirabayashi, today the site is a recreational campground.
As we investigate this and other sites of internment as palimpsests, we look into specific spatialities, materialities, and performances that reveal the erased traces of the internment of Japanese American communities and draw connections to current official discourse of othering. This project seeks to transform the historical archive (spatial and textual) into a living memory. By doing so, we hope to offer a space and time in which audiences are active critics of the present through an embodied awareness of the past.
Intern[ed] is a collaboration between Beth Weinstein and Ana Martinez. The project’s conceptual framework and prototypes were shared at the CAPLA research symposium in April 2017. Weaving of texts through a graphic essay Othering + Othered was published in [Trans-]ient 03 (co-authored with Ana Martinez). Beth performed Neuengamme erasure at PSi#23 in Hamburg, and projected Razing Manzanar II, and other video footage, at the Between Spaces Symposium in Chichester. We are currently planning community engagement workshops for autumn 2017, including a reading/redacting salon to be held during the Thinking Its Presence: The Ephemeral Archive symposium (UA Poetry Center, Oct 19-21).
A durational installation/performance will occur in November 2017, in Tucson, Arizona.
See early sketches below and most recent work through blog posts or here.
erasing + razing
Initial sketches for the durational performance environment