Studio CNS / Counter Narrative Society

One-on-One Guided Conversations with The Weight I Carry with Me .

Shedding Light on the Invisible Effects of Punishment and Torture

NOV. 2010 – JAN. 2011 | Cambridge MA / Fort Bragg, CA

As a facet of the long-term project …when the invisible punishing machine is everywhere… The Weight I Carry with Me, Negrete is organizing one-on-one guided conversations with the material weight to shed light about the invisible punishing machine. So far, she had conversations with various individuals in informal and formal locations in Cambridge MA, and Fort Bragg, CA. From these conversations, she had learned that as participants share their personal stories and philosophical views, they also exchange information, coping mechanisms, ideas for remedies and an understanding of historical traumas, state violence, human cruelty, and the injustices that are woven into the social and spatial fabric of the USA.


Presentation at the Lost Coast Culture Machine’s exhibition HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Dec. 3, 2010 – Jan. 30th, 2011

During two consecutive days (Jan. 7th and 8th, 2011 / noon-5pm), Negrete set up the Sensible Housing Unit in the gallery, and began a series of one-on-one conversations with participants. Via oral history and a constellation of practical objects, sound and archives, she led an immersive experience of 40 minutes; each drawn from her first hand accounts and the society’s research. Special attention was given to the particular rippling effect that invisible punishment has on those bearing its conditions today in our country. Finally she asked participants for advice to further the CNS’ artistic research and activities to advance our understandings of invisible punishment and torture.


Screen shot 2011-02-14 at 11.29.03 PM