A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

The Chora of the Twin Towers

Robert Leston, New York City College of Technology
Geoffrey Carter, Saginaw Valley State University
Sarah Arroyo, California State University at Long Beach

With special guest Scott Merrow

Enculturation: http://enculturation.net/the-chora-of-the-twin-towers
(Published September 11, 2011)

This project sets a new precedent for sustained scholarly investigation in the medium of video. Determined to examine how the former ground zero and current World Trade Center site could be thought of as a space for invention (but also mourning), the authors draw upon the ancient concept of “chora.”

Conceived of by ancient philosophers and reconceived by contemporary rhetoricians as an undecided, undetermined space to be filled by the unknown, the chora has always been a vessel for non-generic possibility. Through combinations and juxtapositions of journalism, art, music, sound, image, and theory, the authors put choric possibilities into play and present a project that plays the post-9/11 world in various tonalities, timbres, and tunings.

Their efforts take viewers through a broad spectrum of intellectual curiosity and emotional turmoil, making us confront the specters haunting our personal and cultural memories while always encouraging us to twist, spin, and dance those memories into new “planes” of sound, dizzying flights of fancy, and high wire acts on lines as thin as air.

Enculturation is pleased to present this video project by Robert Leston, Geof Carter and Sarah Arroyo commemorating the 10-year anniversary of September 11. After clicking the image below to launch the project, work your way consecutively down the playlist. The project is best viewed in full-screen mode.