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If only I were in NYC this weekend, I would be at Union Docs for this: Let’s Try That Once More, This Time In The Past: Performance & Documentation. Considering the traces a performance leaves behind, whether documentation or ephemera, it is clear that these remnants “significantly conditions performance’s ability to be local and international, present and mediated, obscure and accessible, politically active and institutionally absorbed.” The presentations and discussions of Let’s Try That Once More will attempt to map “the particular histories and forms of knowledge that performance can engender.” These particular concerns have been on my mind as of late, how to have performance exist through time in a way that preserves the integrity of its liveness, but I am equally interested in how these conversations may relate back to a broader consideration of how histories are constructed, reconstructed or forgotten, and how tenuous a connection to the moment in time that history claims to represent may be.

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