Forklift in Rotterdam: See for yourself!

Photo and video journal of Forklift’s 6-day residency with Roteb (the Municipal Sanitation Department of Rotterdam) at the 2017 International Community Arts Festival

Served Williams College: Coffee is Love

Note: This post is the third in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the previous posts here and here. On January 18th, I went to Eco Café and had the chance to share a meal with Karen and chat…

The men who clean St. Mark’s Square

One of the three men who sweep the Piazza at about 6:30am when the Piazza is perhaps at it’s most serene.  While in Venice last week I decided to get up early one morning and go watch the people who clean St. Mark’s Square. For many, Piazza San Marco is the most beautiful city square in the…

Venezia…13 years later!

I had the remarkable opportunity to fly to Venice after my week in Rotterdam with Krissie at ICAF. I wanted to see the city that had been my 2nd home many years ago. In 2003 and again in 2004, I directed The Gondola Project- a performance of 8 gondolas on a Venetian canal. It was…

Forklift in Rotterdam: Not Their First (Trash Truck) Rodeo

After 10 hours of traveling, 11+ if you count some time on the tarmac in Houston, Allison and I arrived in at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and hopped on the train south to Rotterdam for our residency at the International Community Arts Festival.  The airport and train station architecture has vaulted ceilings, lots of glass, steel,…

Served at Williams College: Almost No One Sees His Face

Note: This post is the second in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the first post here. On January 10, starting at about 7:30am, I shadowed Bill in the dish room. One of the first things that…

Served at Williams College: Studying Service

Note: This post is the first in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017.  It’s a Monday morning at 7am, and I’m standing in Paresky’s underground kitchen surrounded by busy dining staff workers getting ready for another work-packed day….

In the beginning

This week marks 15 years since the premiere of In Case of Fire, my very first production with a City of Austin department. To celebrate this anniversary, here is an excerpt of my recent writing on how the project got started: Beginnings “Oh my gosh what have I done…why did I say that? Everyone is going to think…

A look at my summer with Forklift as Wesleyan College of Environment Intern

Coming back to Austin after my first year away at Wesleyan University, Forklift granted me the opportunity to look at my hometown through a new lens. I learned a lot about community organizing as I conducted initial research for Forklift’s upcoming multi-year project with the city’s Aquatics program. Austin is currently creating the city’s first…

A Freshman in College Walks into a Water Treatment Plant

Community-Based Art is a collection of banal words that means something magical. This almost supernatural process changed how I see art. I, along with seven other college students, dipped our toes into a something mysteriously exciting and new, led by an all-knowing professor Allison Orr.  We all had each others’ backs from the start, giggling…