Witness and site-specific, witnessing of the specificity of the site?
The witness is a perfoming individual identity, dwelling in the "liminal space", that leads from the potentiality phase to the re-narrativation.
We all are witnesses of our surrounding environment: society, culture and time.
My research aims to suggest the operation of “witness” as productive for the discussion of current performance practice.
…All the people that we have ever met, all the places where we have ever been, all the food that we have ever eaten, all the books that we have ever read, all the runs that we have ever done, all the persons which we talked with, all the rooms where we have ever lived, all the games that we have ever lost, all the things that we havn’t ever said…
What does it remain in us? How does it become embodied?
We host residues…
Considering witnessing as an active bodily condition that takes place during the performative practice can we consider performer to be “the witness” to their environment (social-cultural and spatial)?
“they (the witnesses) strive to produce, to enable, to change; (…) they are interested not merely in new information, but primarily, in the capacity of their recipients to transform themselves in function of newness of that information” (1992: 54)
S. Felman e D. Laub, Testimony, crises of witnessing in literature, psychoanalysis, and history, New York, Routledge, 1992.