at Tunnel Brook
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Artist: Xavier Cortada
When: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 10am.
Where: Tunnel Brook Road (west of North Woodstock,
NH), White Mountain National Forest
Who: Cortada, the forest’s hydrologist and participants.
Path dwellers heed:
Water carves the earth;
Sends the residue downstream and into the sea.
Sun, winds push the waves.
The ocean, heated, torments the
Cycles its fury back to the land.
Surrender at Tunnel Brook is a participatory
performance where individuals will engage in the futile attempt of rerouting
the flow of a brook at White Mountain National Forest to conditions prior to
the natural disturbance caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
Participants will also create a ritualistic installation lining up 100 white
flags amid boulders along the path where a man-made road ran prior to it being
washed away by Irene. Placed
sequentially, the flags will recall the traditional process of charting the
path of a hurricane as points on a map.
White Mountain National Forest hydrologist Sheela Johnson will
join artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada in addressing the audience, explaining
the forest’s watersheds, the storm event and why the forest has decided not to
rebuild the portion of the road washed away by Irene.
For more information contact Frumie Selchen,
Executive Director, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (Frumie@aannh.org) or see http://www.xaviercortada.com/event/tunnelbrook-gallery
2012 White Mountain National
Artist Xavier Cortada and composer Juan Carlos Espinosa are currently
serving as Artists-in-Residence at White Mountain National Forest. The residency is presented in
collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (www.aannh.org).
They have worked
together on numerous projects over the last few years, most of them have been
related to their shared environmental concerns. Their eco-art practice is
defined by interdisciplinary collaboration and participatory practices that
involve artists, scientists, communities with the goal of public awareness and
During July 2012, the artists will work with White Mountain National
Forest foresters, scientists and trail builders and the local community to
develop ideas for their work. Inspired by and responding to the forest, the
artists will create site-specific works and temporary installations.
residency blog at: www.whitemountaintrailmix.wordpress.com