The body is an adaptable, living archive. It is constantly changing and evolving, adapting to external and internal factors. This adaption allows the body to display the true feelings a person has and their stories as well. The body is unbiased and truthful. It portrays its truth fully without being swayed by opinions or ideas. People often look to the body for the truth, since it is only factual and concrete, especially once it dies. The body, based on Dr. Robb’s unit, can be seen as an objective fact. If there is a gash on a person’s thigh, then that is an indisputable fact the body has put on display. The body adapts to this by creating a scar. However, when people look at this piece of archival evidence (the scar), the body becomes a constructed fact. While people must know that a scar is present because of a gash wound, it is up to them to figure out what happened. Humans take these archival pieces from the body and create their own stories with them. This is seen in Dr. Fache’s unit with Black Venus. Black Venus is proof that people use bodies as constructed facts: they use their own beliefs and ideas to create a fact from the body. Within the story of Black Venus, it is an objective fact that Black Venus was killed. However, people use objective facts to explain her passing. With no body being present, her life archive was lost forever, and only stories were able to be created from her. The body as an archive is crucial to understand and find the unbiased truth. Ways people try and understand the body are seen in Dr. Green’s unit. Through documentary theatre, Anna Deavere Smith studied people’s bodies to accurately portray their truths and feelings. She was able to use their living archive as a way to discover their true thoughts and emotions, then used her body to help her portray their stories as accurately as possible. Through the body, she was able to understand the unbiased truth of those she was interviewing. Audre Lorde’s “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” also uses the body’s living adaptability to her and others’ advantage. Lorde stresses that just because our bodies may not look or be the same, or come from the same roots, we still must learn to tell each other’s’ stories. However, we can only accurately do this if we take what someone’s body has given us and try to take that unbiased truth and explain it to others. If humans cannot learn to do this, many stories will be lost.
The body is an archive- it stores its truth forever and leaves it untainted from bias. The body is adaptable- it can change due to external or internal circumstances, which allows it to contain more stories and truth. The body is living- it portrays itself through uncontrolled expressions such as emotion or non-verbal body language.