A five day performance wearing an army uniform covered in 53 speakers. The speakers play stories of soldiers experiences being in the military, transitioning to civilian life, spouses experience being in the military, and news coverage of the Iraq and Afghanistan war.
The transition to a new community may be accompanied by a sense of loss; a loss of community and identity along with anxiety and isolation. The memories of where we have come from delays the acceptance of new surroundings and the creation of a new identity. I am a spouse of an Army veteran and as I try to transition into civilian life I am engulfed by my personal experiences, the stories of other soldiers, spouses, and the media’s portrayal of the military.
The jacket has 53 speakers, multiple audio players and weighs about 20 pounds.
Many of the soldier’s testimonials playing on the uniform are very similar to the stories I have heard from friends who are recent military veterans. They value their military experience but they experienced feelings of isolation in communities where they felt little understanding from civilians. Many vets were confronted by others who oppose the war who assumed being in the military was morally wrong. Many vets expressed stories about feeling dissatisfied with the lack of responsibility and camaraderie in their civilian lives. Audio of spouses experiences being in the military and comparison of military life to the civilian world also plays along with news coverage of the war and media about soldier’s experiences or affects from being in the military.
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