Monthly Archives: July 2011

When Performance is a Mirror

  Dear Yoko, Mothers don’t always ask to be Mothers and dogs scratch any old door to escape dogcatchers or their idea of dogcatchers—but here we are now; we’ve found ourselves Here. My mother has died and I need a … Continue reading

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Beyond reciprocity

Joseph Beuys: “If I take care of you, others will take care of me.” Stanislav Menshikov: “If I take less, others have more.” These two quotations still resonate in my mind since I attended “La chaîne est belle”; the New … Continue reading

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Handshake Games

  In greeting one another there is an expectation. You put your hand out with the expectation it will be received in a reciprocal clasp. Some kind of up-down-shake is expected. They say you can learn everything about a person … Continue reading

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Identity in Action

When I think of reciprocity, I visualize a call-and-response scenario: a give and take, or the meeting of a positive action with a subsequent positive action. In order to understand reciprocity one must therefore define boundaries: to attribute one action … Continue reading

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Potential Return

When I was a child we sometimes played a game in the school gymnasium. My kindergarten class would line up around the periphery of a parachute-blanket. Everybody grabbed a piece of the outside and, following the count of a teacher, … Continue reading

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Potential reciprocity

Between 1933 and 1939 the Russian poet Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) wrote down thirty “Cases”. Number 19 describes the following “case”: Encounter Once a man walking to his office met another man, who just before had bought a Polish white bread and … Continue reading

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