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How to Build a Forest

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. 

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.

Contemporary Art Center
900 Camp Street, New Orleans

There are a number of How to Build a Forest performances and talks!
How to Build a Forest - Friday, October 23 - Thursday, October 29

Forest and Water in Dialogue: Artists and Scientists Contemplate the Gulf Coast, October 27th at 7pm

Panel discussion with How to Build a Forest artists, ecologist Dave Baker, artist Moni…

Welcoming our newest resident: Shay Nichols

Listening and Singing in Nature with Resident Shay NicholsHow can singing deepen our connection to the natural world and each other? Listening to the sounds and stillness of nature, we will tune ourselves to the natural environment. How can we listen to nature as music? Using long tones and simple patterns, we will explore the many possibilities of creating spontaneous soundscapes together.

Thursday, October 29th, 9:30-11am
A Studio in the Woods

Click here for map and directions: MAP

Space is limited, please sign up HERE. This event is primarily geared towards adults, but teens and youth may attend with a guardian. No musical experience required.

* Check out this nice write up from Mary Rickard for

Deeply inspired by the wisdom of nature, Shay Nichols is a recording artist, performer, and teacher. Her first CD "Wildflower," features voice-only compositions born out of her time in natural settings. A graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Voice/Sound…