‘The Reconstruction of the Past is the Task of Historians and not Agents’. Operative Reenactment in State Security Archives
Kata Krasznahorkai, ‘“The Reconstruction of the Past is the Task of Historians and not Agents” : Operative Reenactment in State Security Archives’, in Over and Over and Over Again: Reenactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory, ed. by Cristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, and Arianna Sforzini, Cultural Inquiry, 21 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 29–36 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-21_04>
ABSTRACT: State security archives in Eastern Europe are shedding new light on the operative practices of the secret services and their interaction with performance art. Surveillance, tracking, undermining, disruption, writing of reports, and measure plans were different op- erative methods to be carried out in continuous repetitive processes. This paper argues that, through these repetitive working processes, state security agencies were permanently engaged in different forms of reenactments: of orders, legends, report writing, and inventing measure plans. With this operative reenactment, state security agencies not only tried to track down facts but also created ‘fake facts’ serving their agenda. These ‘fake-facts‘ were then again repeated and reenacted by informants endlessly to be ‘effective‘ in the surveillance and elimination of performance art.
KEYWORDS: operative reenactment; performance art; state security archives
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