Many of the lectures here at EMOS are held at the very-new Hope Theater at the University of Oregonâ€™s Miller Theatre Complex. Boom: thereâ€™s a big square fact to start the post off for you. But Iâ€™m going somewhere with it.
Right now, where the Hope would be a big black box is all full up with Set. The floor is painted in a curling desert-river pattern. Upstage is a forest of recycled wooden planks and juttings, a kind of grandpaâ€™s-attic bamboo. In one corner is a platform with puzzle-piece innards: old bedposts, chairs and plywood fold over each other in a hefty collage.
Itâ€™s all for the stagings of the Festivalâ€™s top two prize-winning plays:Â Song of Extinction and Atomic Farmgirl. But what was intended to represent a Bolivian forest and an American farm has come to represent the EMOS festival itself, both literally and figuratively: the set wasÂ constructed with recycled materials.
Todayâ€™s sessions were sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. Led by Ian Garrett, they included presentations by Steve Mital, University of Oregonâ€™s Director of Sustainability, PhD candidate (and EMOS Production Manager) Damond Morris, several eco-conscious designers, and several pioneers of a Sustainable Dramaturgy program at CalArts.
At this point: itâ€™s day seven. Everyone in the room knows each other, at least by sight. Weâ€™re calling each other out in the audience: could you talk about your experience with . . . whatâ€™s your perspective on . . . and what begins as a formal presentation becomes a group conversation quickly and easily.
Inspired by Mike Lawler, here are a few questions asked in the course of the day (some got answered, some did not):
What is a â€œsustainable universityâ€?
What is the impact of a theatrical lighting system?
Where in this stream can we reduce our waste?
What are the next steps in expanding/refining sustainable pedagogy?
How do we reframe our relationship to resources?
How can we implement what we believe in the art we create?
If your curiosity is piqued, Iâ€™d encourage you to visit the CSPAâ€™s wiki for tools and nuggets of information. As to the rest, I leave you with Morrisâ€™ Five Dâ€™s of Design for Environment:
Design for Dissasembly. Design for Recyclability. Design for Disposability. Design for Reusability. Design for Remanufacture.
See you on the other side ofÂ a recycled-wooden forest.
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