Burning Questions for Burning Bushes

An oldie, but a goodie. Back in August 2013, Vis-a-Vis Society installed this question/answer machine at Smoke Farm’s Lo-Fi Festival. Photos by Britta Johnson. Some of the resulting poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall/Winter 2014, Vol 31, No 3 & 4, which were declared “funny” by The New York Review of Books.

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Dr. Ink and Dr. Owning donned ghillie suits and proceeded to engage in dancing rituals in order to answer participants’ burning questions.

First, a participant inserts a question in the mailbox:

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Then, after some processing through landscape ritual and song, one burning bush selects a question at random to dance, while the other bush records her interpretation, (without seeing the written question).

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Burning Bush dances a Burning Question, participants study results in background

 

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Then Q&A poems are hung out to dry

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  1. Pingback: Burning Questions for Burning Bushes | Rachel Kessler

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