Tapes to the sea | Lecture Performance | 2009
In December 2009, at the Manifesta Coffee Breaks in Murcia (http://www.e-flux.com/shows/view/7490) we presented a lecture taking the form of a series of pre-recorded and read out letters, some actual, most made up, some from the future and some to the dead. We think of the space of a letter as a performative space for speech acts where selves are put fort on display. Fernand Braudel writes, "[t]he Mediterranean speaks with many voices" and RAQS suggests that "t"here are no histories of residue, no atlases of abandonment, no memoirs of what a person was but could not be." Through these letters, we sound out, alongside the embededness of our own personalities/cartographies, how our imaginations might sidestep what Ian Chambers calls the "preventive power structure" that "seeks to direct and discipline the memory that you have not yet had."