Making Invisible the Visible

Jenny Polak talks about her piece, Host – Emergency Sleeping Systems for Undocumented Guests, a site-specific installation at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, created in response to the story of Barbara Kremer who sheltered in her home 24 people from immigration raids on workers at a meat packing factory in Worthington MN in 2006.

Watch a short video on her piece here:


Workshop Notes – Performing the Archive

On Kawara –

Marking the experience of life and time.

Lejeune writes extensively on diaries – proof of life

Linda Montano &

Jamie McMurray – 365 Performances

Joshua Sofaer – Perform Everyday (what>, 2008) – includes objects & instructions – book is over $80 on Amazon (rare)

Thanasis Chondros & Alexandra Katsiani – Greek couple who have performed together over 25 years – and everyone in Greece has seen their work. Not doing it anymore though…


Ethics of Art – of trying to represent the experience of someone else – it’s authenticity? – the authorship?

** Think about: Recording the audience member’s experience of an event/performance/etc.

Presentation Assignment – Perform the Presentation – Who is presenting? The Collector or someone who has found this collection? ### Present as the collector or as someone who has found the collection…




Night of the Black Snow

Firebombing of Tokyo.jpgThe Bombing of Tokyo (東京大空襲 Tōkyōdaikūshū) often refers to a series of firebombing air raids by the United States Army Air Forces during the Pacific campaigns of World War II. On the night of 9–10 March 1945, Operation Meetinghouse was conducted and is regarded as the single most destructive bombing raid in human history:[1] 16 square miles (41 km2) of central Tokyo was annihilated, over 1 million were made homeless with an estimated 100,000 civilian deaths. The Japanese later called this event Night of the Black Snow.

Kayoko mentioned these in the Performing the Archive workshop