The goal of War/Peace is to open up a guided workspace during the weekdays and nights (Monday-Friday), a “healing chamber” that community members can utilize to cultivate a better understanding of war and peace.
Lepore interviews community members throughout the week for half hour segments. The piece ends on Friday night with a performance in Lepore translate information gathered over the course of the week and present a 75 to 90 minute participatory performance reflecting the information gathered over the course of the week.
Community members will be given the opportunity to define what war and peace means, interact with what other people think and create visual representations of their ideas, feelings and thoughts that will become part of a transparent database. All the information documented will be immediately displayed and made available for viewing.
By the end of the week, the space will be transformed into a public collage of meanings and ideas leading to a greater potential for understanding.
Next installation is in Amherst, MA September 22-25. Go here for exact days and times and to sign up here for an interview. This event is free, open to the public and all ages. The September 2013 installation of “War/Peace” is funded in part by a grant by the Amherst Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Bring War/Peace to your community by contacting Seth here.