Between Beirut and Bethlehem (Confessions of a Tourorist)

Wilford, Andrew (2016) Between Beirut and Bethlehem (Confessions of a Tourorist). Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 12 (5). ISSN 1557-2935

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Abstract

This video essay was produced as a document of performance research activities that were undertaken between October 2014 and December 2015 in Lebanon, Tenerife and various cities in the USA.

From volcano climbing to taking a car ride with a stranger; from ‘reclaiming the sea’ to following the insistence of a path; from snowstorm evacuations to thinking about what the walls say in Portland, Beirut and Santa Cruz, this short video essay remediates a research journey through the twinned lens of terror and tourism. In revisiting Phipp’s [1999] concept of ‘tourorism’ via post-9/11 narratives of terror, prescient concerns arising from Phipp’s essay are translated into contemporary sites, situations and pre-occupations for the self-declared ‘tourorist’ video-maker.

Straddled somewhere between arthouse and holiday movie, the footage and findings from various research engagements are fused with narrative text as the video-essay presents an aperture on international travel and contemporary terror.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1560 Performing arts. Show business
Divisions: Departments > Performing Arts
Depositing User: Andrew Wilford
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 12:19
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 15:36
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2175

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