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Adamot: Land without Earth and Corporeal Memory: A Conceptual Theft of the Border and Civic Performance Art

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Abstract:

The paired projects Land without Earth and Corporeal Memory (1999-2000) took place along the Israeli-Lebanese and Israeli-Syrian border zones and focused on border lines, territory, border crossing and corporeal memory. Juxtaposing the situation of body and land, when both are affected and damaged by a state of emergency, Civic Performance Art process concentrated on ways of making present the absence - of stolen earth and of amputated body parts. At stake in the projects was a representation of exposure, an essential part of a state of emergency, as something which becomes visible through the invisible, the lack or disappearance of what had been once a whole, a body. The discussion reappraises Agamben's concepts of 'state of emergency', 'homo sacer' and 'sovereign power' in the local context of bio-political entities in the Middle East, and takes these notions into the dramatised and material reality of land and body via the Hebrew-based triad 'blood-man-earth' (dam-adam-adama).

Keywords: Agamben; Border; Middle East; bio-political; civic performance art; dam-adam-adama; homo sacer; invisible; state of emergency; territory

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528820903185093

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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