'I understand the "transformative" in a number of ways, including the less dramatic. As I use it, a "transformation" may be not only profound but also momentary and temporary.
On the one hand, it could occur as a dramatic change with effects for a lifetime. One the other hand, it could occur for the duration of a performance, within a defined encounter, or a portion thereof.
In regard to memento mori items [items that bring about awareness of mortality and human life], including texts, objects, and performances, the transformative experience could take place on the spot or, alternatively, at a later time, through memory.
The performance/art/work/event is recalled, and the individual's organization of reality and meaningful narratives are reconfigured temporarily or for longer duration, in some cases becoming permanent, but not necessarily. I want to maintain the value of "temporary" and "momentary" because even these become permanent in memory, history, and empirical fact.
[Along with dramatic transformation,] I emphasize these humbler senses of transformation....'
-DD, p. 23, adapted
Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter teaches at a public university in the Great Lakes region of North America and coaches at Sollars & Associates and independently.