AND, AND, AND — Stammering: An Interview
In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương
Interview/Interrogation as Performance of Citizenship
2010 - 2014
“What defines the [multiplicity] is the AND, as something which has its place between the elements or between the sets. AND, AND, AND — stammering.”
— Gilles Deleuze
In this tutorial, participants who have never had to naturalize into the United States rehearse the process of becoming a citizen through an interview format. Those who have gone through a process of naturalization have the option to relinquish their citizenship. Within the span of a conversation-interview, participants help problematize the notion of allegiance and the structure of authority and power implicit in the state. Finally, this tutorial helps to underscore the ideal of responsibility to community and place, while also considering different forms of belonging through the concept of 'nomadic citizenship.'
AND, AND, AND — Stammering: An Interview is part of Radical Citizenship, a project conceived and organized by Mary Walling Blackburn. In Radical Citizenship, over 25 tutors, ranging from archaeologists to musicians, artists to ecologists, provide one-on-one tutorials with visitors to Governor's island, Angel Island, and the San Francisco-based organization Southern Exposure. Each tutor offers a separate deconstruction of citizenship, offering abstract and concrete examples and investigations of radical citizenship, an unregulated form of belonging.
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