Creator | Performer

An interactive installation/performance of light, shadow, human-animalism & forest.

I was an invited by the Tucson Museum of Art to engage audiences for the First Thursdays Play! series. To do so, I created an interactive installation and performance, a suspended forest in which human and animal actors played, worked, and discovered light and shadow.

A sensual re-enactment of “forest.” A moment of suspension, to let the anger and the ugly and the non-sensical float away. To root in something else. To play with the shadows instead of hide from them. To listen with the eyes. To smell with the hands. To call in beauty.

I worked with long-time collaborators Vicki Brown and Greg Colburn and together we animated the forest with movement and sound.

In healthy forests trees will nourish the older and weaker and ill trees. Because a tree is not a forest. Because a forest needs all of its members in order to create the conditions for a healthy climate (the right wind, the right temperatures, the right humidity). So they keep each other another (all of each other) alive through their roots, through an extensive network of fungus, through signals of communication in sound and smell, through nourishment.

Being an animal or a plant is inherently a sensual experience. Smell. Sound. Touch. How do we translate the notion of smell to our bossy human eyes? How do we feel by looking? Indeed, too much language and too much research can deaden us. Too much anger stops the flows in our heart.

All images by Kathleen Dreier.

Suspended, a clip