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Woodhaven Customs and Border Patrol : a performance between two solitudes

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dc.contributor.author Haworth, Lara Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-25T20:48:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-25T20:48:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en
dc.date.issued 2011-10-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/38246
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is a reflection and analysis of my thesis performance: a site-specific, durational installation of a border patrol service at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy in Kelowna, British Columbia: Woodhaven Customs and Border Patrol. The paper addresses the potentiality of performance to investigate, and critique, the separation of wilderness spaces from civilization spaces in contemporary culture; our relationship to “nature” and “culture” as two distinct entities; our relationship with borders, both international and metaphorical; and the history and emergence of national, provincial and regional parks as parallel to the history and emergence of Canada as a nation state. The performance of Border Patrol as a memory project is also examined, with attention paid to notions of “biogeography” as a nationalist project that overrides personal memory with institutional memory, and the parallels and similarities between the logic, structure and organisation of nature parks and museums. Throughout, there is an emphasis on performance, collaboration, and participation, with a retelling of key moments, stories, and memories from the performance itself in support of the analysis. In conclusion, the paper asserts that troubling binaries through performance can reveal the extent to which they are constituted by each other, and that notions of interdependency, collusion and collision are vital to a healthy appraisal of the ways in which we are currently using, inhabiting and marking out social space. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher University of British Columbia en
dc.relation.ispartof Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+ en
dc.title Woodhaven Customs and Border Patrol : a performance between two solitudes en
dc.type Text en
dc.degree.name Master of Fine Arts - MFA en
dc.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia en
dc.date.graduation 2011-11 en
dc.type.text Thesis/Dissertation en
dc.description.affiliation Arts, Faculty of
dc.degree.campus UBCO en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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