Monday, July 28, 2014
Lisa Ward presented a collage of voices, music, video and other visual media as a means of exploring the drive to find human uses for economically useless land. Beginning with the platting of the Western states, the performance touched on the legacy of the Small Tract Act of 1938, the impact of California’s Senate Bill X1-2, and other interventions on open land in the West. These historical snapshots, taken over the course of the last 200 years, juxtaposed with Indigenous patterns of land use over many thousands of years. At the heart of this presentation is the fate of our quickly diminishing open space, what we choose to put in it, and whether open space can be seen as a resource in and of itself.
(Photos: Robert Duncan Gray)