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The Conversations: HOW DO WE COLLABORATE WITH THE WATER?

A series of public conversations taking place amongst an interdisciplinary group of artists, scientists, and other experts in their respective fields. Each conversation will be located with or around one of the artworks in the Works on Water Exhibition.Our vision is that the Conversation Series as a whole will be a thread of community that weaves throughout the WoW month—giving us a chance to continue to come together, joining each other across discipline, meeting and re-meeting around the issues that compel and propel us.  We hope you’ll take part!

Occurring throughout the month.

Curated by Katie Pearl (PearlDamour) and Rachel Karpf of Guerilla Science,  in collaboration with the curatorial team and the artists themselves. 


Katie Pearl is a director, playwright, and co-Artistic Director of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary performance making company she shares with Lisa D’Amour.  PearlDamour has been honored with a 2003 OBIE Award, a 2009 Creative Capital Award, and is a multiple year awardee of both the Kennedy Foundation’s Multi-Arts Production Fund and the NEA Our Town grant. PearlDamour received the 2012 Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theater Women, given annually to a woman whose work for, in, about, or through the medium of theatre has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change. Current projects include the multi-year MILTON, a performance and community engagement experiment in 5 small towns named Milton around the country, and a new performance about climate and the deep ocean co-commissioned by the A.R.T. and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  Other climate-responsive works include Lost in the Meadow, created with designer Mimi Lien, set in a 40-acre meadow in Longwood Gardens in which the meadow speaks to the audience via a giant megaphone, and How to Build a Forest, created with visual artist Shawn Hall, in which an elaborate, hand-made forest is carefully constructed then efficiently removed over the course of 8 hours. Katie is currently the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton, where her teaching and research focus on the concept of the Artist-Citizen.  In fall 2017 she will be at the University of California @ San Diego as the Quinn Martin Guest Chair of Directing.

Rachel Karpf produces theater, live performance, and cultural experiences. She is a producer with Guerilla Science, an international creative agency that connects people with science by creating live experiences in unexpected places. Recent theater work include [PORTO] by Kate Benson, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Bushwick Starr); QUEENS by Martyna Majok (Sheen Center; Julliard); the inaugural Pipeline Festival (WP Theater); and KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY with Todd Almond and Courtney Love (A.R.T./Beth Morrison Projects). Other recent projects includes curating a commissioning program of pop-up performances with dozens of artists for the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, and producing Spare Rib, a reproductive rights fundraiser hosted by Gloria Steinem, Samantha Bee, and the theater community. Rachel was previously the Associate Director of Page 73 and has worked with New Georges, LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and 13P.  Upcoming projects include Lisa Lampanelli’s STUFFED, directed by Jackson Gay. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College. rachelkarpf.com