Recycling has become a crucial topic in times of the global ecological crisis. We got used to the recycling of trash, of objects that are designated as used, broken, dirty, old or outlived. Items ending in disposal bins lose their previous unique identity and are given new universal names: trash, debris, rubbish, garbage, waste, junk. We recycle objects and give them new lives. Can people be recycled? How to help with the re-cycling, returning to the cycle?
What role plays the notion of memories in the context of cycling and re-cycling? Memory, from Latin memoria “memory, remembrance, faculty of remembering” is a capacity of brain to store information. Memories refer to past experiences but they are betraying us constantly, on an individual as well as collective level.
Not only is our brain untrustworthy but to distinguish real memories from the ones that were created for us is becoming more and more difficult. False truths, fabricated facts and events are circulating constantly in our post-truth society. The recycling of the real is mixed with the recycling of the false, such situation being very dangerous as the memories are essential to the understanding of not only one’s past but also the present and the future.
In this edition of the Performensk festival, we aim to discuss questions related to the recycling of thoughts, objects, beings, memories. What and how should be recycled? What does the process of recycling entail? When should the second chance not be given? And what is the role and agency of non-human entities in such a process?