Dictaphone Group, which creates live art performances based on findings and stories produced through research on space and oral history, will present “Nothing to Declare,” a lecture performance that explores borders within Lebanon, those between Lebanon and its neighbors, and across the Arab world, tomorrow from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Watermill Center.
“Nothing to Declare” follows a journey that begins at a derelict train station in Beirut and continues as individuals set off on a different trip following one of the three train tracks that used to connect Lebanese cities with each other and with other Arab cities. Their travels include visits to sites along the tracks and abandoned stations to discover past and present uses of these spaces as playgrounds, makeshift housing, torture chambers, and military bases. The group hopes to tour the project throughout the Arab world, including Palestine. In each Arab country, the performance will be expanded through site-specific oral history about people’s mobility in that particular country and about their journey crossing the borders to get there.
Reservations are requested.