CURRENTLY ON EXHIBIT
in the OCH GALLERY
WITNESS TO MAUREPAS: A Photo Essay by Richard Waller
on exhibit through November 28th – Artist Reception: Saturday, November 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Witness to Lake Maurepas
“This series of fotos is my report to the residents of New Orleans on the death of Bald Cypress trees at Lake Maurepas.
As a newcomer here in 2007 I was thrilled to discover a place teeming with life and beauty. But as I saw soon enough, this lake was deeply burdened with widespread ignorance, plunder, and neglect.
When I asked friends and acquaintances about their experiences in these Louisiana wetlands their usual answer was, “Well, I really don’t have any”. So I began this photographic record of a collapsing, but once majestic forest of bald cypress trees- a forest no longer surrounding Lake Maurepas, one of the great bodies of water that lies right beyond this city’s own backyard.
What a pleasure it was to paddle a small kayak across the quiet dark water. And how surprising it was to find a compelling kind of beauty in that dying garland of bald cypress trees.
If I’ve done my job well, this account of the process of the forest’s disappearance is not simply the work of a pessimist, but perhaps somehow, a starting point for taking care of a place that feeds us the delicacies of our Louisiana fare and that is home to it’s many creatures beautiful, sad and strange.
The fotos begin in the fall of 2007 and continue into the spring of 2014.
They’ve all been edited in PhotoShop to make them look as close as I know how to what I saw at the time I took them, or as close to a resemblance to what I felt while witnessing a specific site. There’s no extreme lens distortion, deceptive luminosity manipulation or color over-saturation. The job was to observe closely and render with proficiency.
As the viewer can plainly see, this is not a picturesque account of the wetlands of Louisiana. But the goal here is not to be just depressing- to preach or to scold. With informed knowledge and commitment, new life may return. Should a person view these photographs and begin to act on their concern for the lake, then this essay, as troubling as it may be, will not have been in vain.” – Richard Waller.
Next OCH MARKET is Saturday, December 20 from noon to 4:00 p.m.
November 19 through 23
NEW ORLEANS FRINGE FESTIVAL
This year, Zeitgeist will be a “Managed venue”! Admission for each show is: Fringe tickets w/button, or $8 at door with $3 button. For more info and complete festival schedule please go to www.nofringe.org
We are excited to present the following four shows nightly:
Nov. 20 & 21 @ 9:00 p.m.; Nov. 22 @ 7:00 p.m. & Nov 23 @ 5:00 p.m.
BAGHDAD PUPPIES performed by Open Space Theatre (from Greensboro, NC) – When an Iraqi militant tells an American soldier, “We have found the weapon of mass destruction and it is you,” the soldier questions what the war has accomplished. Does democracy unleash terrorists functioning in the name of religion, politics, and power? The facts of honor killings of women and the torture and murder of gays are revealed.
Nov. 20 & 21 @ 7:00 p.m.; Nov. 22 @ 5:00 p.m. & Nov. 23 @ 11:00 p.m.
PALINDROME performed by The Incredible Incredible (from Lookout, WA) – Two characters, each the other’s imaginary friend, meet for the first time. With live music (Lucas Hicks), physical performers Justin Therrien (World Record holder for ‘Longest String Passed Through Nose and Mouth in One Minute‘) and Matthew “Poki” McCorkle (of Button Wagon) use mime, clown and movement to unfold the intricacies of their tangled coexistence.
Nov. 19 & 23 @ 9:00 p.m.; Nov. 21 @ 5:00 p.m. and Nov. 22 @ 11:00 p.m.
TECHNO DOGS TAKE OVER…AND TELL TALES performed by Paper Grotto Live (from Fort Meyers, FL) – Butoh meets Origami! The Techno Dogs are mumbling something about space and time, watching their palms change. The Shadow World provides cover while someone makes a phone call. Apparitions slip into something more mysterious. “It’s like singing in the shower or hiding in plain sight,” “…you haven’t seen anything like it…,” “bedazzles the brain…”
Nov. 19 & 23 @ 7:00 p.m.; Nov. 21 @ 11:00 p.m. and Nov. 22 @ 9:00 p.m.
THEY DON’T EAT CORN HERE performed by the Reese Johanson Collective (from New Orleans, LA) – Life is a trip. Travel with Beatrice in search of a kernel of truth, stumble upon the meat of the matter. We are all part of the food chain, but who is the host and who is the parasite? Through rich poetry, live music, and dance, we learn, that in the end, it’s the bats who rule the roost. Writing and choreography by Reese Johanson; Music by Dr. Jimbo Walsh.
The Perpetual Instant: juried by Grant Hamilton
November 30 – January 25, 2015
Opening: Saturday, Dec 6, 6-9pm
Additional events: During the run of the exhibition Zeitgeist will screen TIME ZERO and host a workshop showcasing the new Impossible Instant Lab. Dates and times TBA.
‘Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity.’ – Edwin Land
With the invention of instant photography the visual landscape took a giant leap forward. The photographer could now have a print of what was, just moments ago, a vague idea.
To celebrate the instant photograph the New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with Zeitgeist Theater, is seeking work created utilizing instant materials for an exhibition at the Zeitgeist Theatre gallery during December 2014 (PhotoNOLA 2014).
The juror is Grant Hamilton, director of TIME ZERO, a film about the demise of Polaroid and the resurgence of instant photography via The Impossible Project.
NOPA will be accepting submissions through October 5, 2014. Enter here.
During the run of the exhibition Zeitgeist will screen Mr. Hamilton’s film and there will be a workshop showcasing the new Impossible Instant Lab.
About the Juror
Grant Hamilton received his BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. His film ‘TIME ZERO’ has screened at SilverDOCS festival, Manhattan Film Festival, DOC NYC and others. It received best Documentary prize at both Vision Fest 12 and The Palo Alto Int’l Film Festival.