Welcome! Login | Register
 

Chef Walter’s Flavors and Knowledge: Mozzarella in Carrozza—Literally translated into “cheese in a carriage”, this…

RIMA/makeRI Announce Manufacturing Day 2014—The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the…

The Scoop: R.I. Society of Certified Public Accountants Endorses Almonte—Welcome back to The Scoop, the 4 p.m.…

Dear John: No Affair. And Maybe No Friendship.—Was she wrong to tell her friends?

East Bay Center Event To Honor Dr. Michael Fine and Barrington Police Chief—The East Bay Center will host its inaugural…

Smith Hill CDC and Sojourner House Open Housing for Domestic Violence Victims—Smith Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Sojourner…

The Scoop: Fung Poll Shows Dead Heat With Raimondo—Welcome back to the Scoop! This is a…

BBB Warns Consumers of Online Retailer, shopZoey.com—Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about shopZoey.com,…

Russell Moore: Buddy Still Favorite in Mayoral Bid—In the aftermath of Jorge Elorza's dramatic upset…

LISTEN: Election 2014: Candidates’ Strengths and Weaknesses—Who has what it takes to win this…

 
 

video: Brown’s “How To Build A Forest” Interactive Art Launches Feb 27

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

A forest of beautiful fabric "trees" will be built at Brown University's Granoff Center, and then destroyed in only 30 minutes. See it all happen Feb. 27-28. Photo: Paula Court

Brown University will host a fascinating temporary art exhibit this week that builds and destroys and forest in front of spectators' eyes.

How to Build a Forest

Wandering through the brightly-illuminated and multicolored trees of the hybrid art installation How to Build a Forest, the ethereal and beautiful forest seems inspired by a fairy tale, rather than one of the worst natural disasters in American history. But throughout the course of the eight-hour creation and then systematic dismantling of the fabricated forest, the members of the collaborative team PearlDamour + Shawn Hall, remind us that even when we live in cities we are tied to the fragile natural world in intimate and devastating ways.

How to Build A Forest was conceived in response to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where the artists are based. It begins on an empty stage, where over the course of 6 1/2 hours D’Amour, Pearl, Hall and their team of builders obsessively work to construct an exquisite, fake, fabric forest. Audiences are invited to come and go at any point during the build, and can observe the action from seats outside of the project, or from within the forest itself. Audiences are also able to interact with helpful forest rangers who offer guidance, and will encounter other choreographed elements and quiet spectacles that come together to create this temporary, living ecosystem.

The deconstruction

But once it's complete, it barely lasts. The completed forest exists for only 30 minutes; after that time deconstruction begins and in just one hour the forest is cleared and the space is empty once more.

Obie Award-winning PearlDamour is the interdiscipinary performance-making duo Katie Pearl (nationally recognized director and current Brown MFA student) and Lisa D'Amour (Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright). Shawn Hall is a nationally exhibited painter and installation artist.

Watch a time-lapse video of the installation, here. 

HOW TO BUILD A FOREST by PearlDamour and Shawn Hall from katie pearl on Vimeo.

How to Build a Forest is sponsored by Brown’s Creative Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. The installation is free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend.

How To Build a Forest will occur twice at Brown University's Granoff Center: February 27 and 28, 2013 from 2pm-10pm.

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.