Between Banks
Mixed Reality Performance

“You think it’s somewhere near the end of the Earth. You think there is absolutely no way you can get to it. Do you see how close it is? How touchable? How real? I can hold it in my hand like a handkerchief” — Mourid Barghouti, I Saw Ramallah

Performed by the Mahicantuck riverside, Between Banks is a mixed reality recollection of a moment by the Jordan river in my teenage years.

The work reflects on the colonial violence that bodies of water endure, with a focus on Zionist violence and exploitation of the Jordan river. It draws on conversations with visitors of the Jordan River, readings into the Palestinian and Jordanian water insecurity, and the words of Mahmoud Darwish and Mourid Barghouti.