David Greenberger gave one of the most intriguing talks at GEL. Accompanied by a piano, he acted out dialog form conversations with folks form a nursing home. Rather than being a classic oral history, these were people living in the present, though with views uniquely shaped by having a long past.
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“The Duplex Planet is an ongoing work designed to portray a wide variety of real characters who are old or in decline. In our culture, exposure to people at this point in their lives is generally limited to seeing family members age and, since that points directly to one’s own mortality, it’s hard to glean much in the way of an objective example.”