A bad event happened to me, but it having occurred became even more complicated in my thinking about it. Even if the event had happened only to me, it was only recently made available for retrospection; it had to be proved as taking place in every other event. Take the War, for example; I no longer know for certain which war is meant. When people say, “After the war,” I no longer know for certain which war—there are three wars at least, each one antedating, following, and confirming the other. -Barrett Watten
When a bad event happens, a really bad event, it is usually bad because it affects more than just you. It stumbles out of your head and into the public realm, causing others to face it. A bad event spreads from your mistakes, from the personal narrative in your head into the lives of others. A bad event cannot help but be social....
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Eliza Newman-Saul is a practicing artist based in Amsterdam and New York. She completed de ateliers in Amsterdam, NL in 2009. Her artworks have been commissioned by Artspeak in Vancouver, BC, SKOR’s de Inkijk (Amsterdam, NL) and Corcoran’s Project for the Arts (Washington, DC). She was selected for Explum 09 (Murcia, Spain) and the 2007 Scope Art Fair in New York. Her work has been seen at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), PS1/MOMA Contemporary Art Center in conjunction with N+1 (Queens, NY). Her lectures have appeared in Performance Research Journal (Routledge Press), N+1’s first pamphlet publication (N+1 Research Branch) and the upcoming Cornerstones Series book through the Witte de With.