Act of Memory is a performance of all 30 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) articles by students and staff from the University of Essex.
Recitors were asked to select one article of their choice in the language of their preference – focusing in on the one that spoke the most to them.
Mistakes, faltering under the pressure of the moment are part of the experience. Rather, the recitations are about bearing witness and voicing the attempt to meet the call ‘for every individual and every organisation to constantly keep this Declaration in mind’, while embodying the frailty of human agency in relation to justice and the struggle for both personal and public memory.
By offering different voices and different languages, students and staff made the performance specific to the University of Essex – nuanced, inflected and impassioned by individuals who commit themselves to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.