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Transversal Performance: Shakespace, the September 11 Attacks, and the Critical Future

  • Bryan Reynolds

Abstract

The United States of America’s immediate response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was multifarious, but mainly it was horrific astonishment. The people of this country wanted to know who was responsible and why the attacks were perpetrated. They also wanted to know what the damage was and how to fix it. We know now that approximately 3000 people were murdered, yet the answers to the rest of these questions will remain uncertain and inadequate. The attacks were products of a vastly complicated history for which there can be no unmediated access, no singular or absolute truth, and therefore no totalizing resolution. Despite the strong desire for retribution and redemption, and the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, nothing can undo what has happened. All attempts at restoration can only ever be adaptation, mimicry, and representation. Remains, organic and otherwise, can be processed chemically and/or altered imaginatively to fuel new life through assimilation, fabrication, and/or imitation. In some cases, a life’s remains can achieve a powerful symbolic meaning that significantly influences not only the present, but also how we perceive the past, and where we see ourselves in the future.

Keywords

Social Identity Transversal Movement Subjective Territory Banana Peel Innocent People 
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