During the reading 9 performers rotate through eight juridical positions. The artist group consist of Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne
In conjunction with the New York performance biennial Performa 11, is presented the live work Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954-003064: A Public Reading. The performance comprises a four-hour public reading of unedited transcripts from 18 Combatant Status Review Tribunals held at the U.S. military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, between July 2004 and March 2005. During the reading nine performers rotate through eight juridical positions. The artist group -consisting of Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne- understands the performance as a simple yet urgent gesture towards making these tribunals public. By presenting the transcripts word for word the readings offer insight into the complicated geopolitical landscape in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 2001 and 2005, and expose the contradictory and problematic processes the U.S. military has used in capturing, detaining, and classifying so-called 'enemy combatants.' The performance corresponds with the recently acquired multi-channel video installation 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, which premiered at Documenta 12 in 2007. Organized by Sabine Breitwieser, chief curator, and Jenny Schlenzka, assistant curator for Performance, Department of Media and Performance Art.