How To Build A Forest

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How To Build A Forest
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How To Build A Forest says
How to Build a Forest is a polysynthetic, interdisciplinary hybrid of a project. Part visual art installation and part theater performance, this durational event unfolds over eight hours.

Friday, October 23 | 12pm–8pm
Saturday, October 24 | 12pm–8pm
Sunday, October 25 | 12pm–7pm
Thursday, October 29 | 10am–6pm
***Free with Gallery Admission***

Beginning in an empty space, visual artist Shawn Hall and theater/performance artists Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour—along with a four-person crew—work meticulously to construct, dismantle, and remove an elaborately fabricated forest. Inspired by 100 trees lost at a Louisiana family home following Hurricane Katrina, How to Build a Forest is also strongly informed by the ecological consequences of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Audience members may stay for the entire eight-hour performance, or stop back in throughout the day to see how the work is progressing. At points during the show, they will be able to tour the stage and interact with crew members.

Through visual art, performance, and sound design, How to Build a Forest articulates the disconnect between urban dwellers and the natural world. The “forest,” made of fabric and found materials, reflects the deeply interconnected relationship between humans and nature…how they live in it, rely on it, use it, and consume it. Using performance to explore our connection to a fragile environment, the artists expose both the creative and destructive processes that can apply to an art installation, a natural ecosystem, or the landscape of an entire city.
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By: Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans