In the Pollock reading, I made a connection with the fact that Pollock talks about oral history. Oral history is such an interesting way of passing history on from generation to generation. As a student, I get most of my historical information from a text book or a lecture hall. Oral history is a first hand account–a dialogue from people who truly experienced a moment. I liked how Pollock introduced this as a way to perform for change or for a purpose.

This can directly relate to my performance because I believe that oral history from the voice of those who have experienced a situation is a great way to incorporate real, meaningful experiences into curriculum and into a history classroom. No person can truly know what it is like to walk in another person’s shoes. History professors can be informed of facts but until they receive information from the source, they cannot know what to say to truly evoke a situation or a feeling.

Performance as oral history is an important method of catalyzing social change. Pollock’s method of using the “original” is a great way to start informing people about situations that need real attention in our world.


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