Carnegie Mellon University
September 22, 2011

Sites of Passage

Sites of Passage

Tavia La Follette
Founder and director of ArtUp and past artist-in-residence in the Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon.

Thursday, September 22, 4:30 PM, Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Tavia La Follette will be discussing her work on  SITES OF PASSAGE, which will open this fall at the Mattress Factory Museum. It is a final expose of the Firefly Tunnel Project ( an exchange between Egypt and the U.S. during Egypt's fight for democracy, as the U.S. enters the 10th anniversary of 9/11, executes its "architect", questions its own democracy, and as both countries go into an election for a new leader.

The research looks at art as a deeper language of communication, which deals with such topics as religion, culture and identity; as well as how to use virtual art as a force for social change in a globalized world.
The aim of the Firefly Tunnel Project is to create a global network of experimental artists who communicate and work together through a virtual performance art lab.  The vision of a cooperative lab stems from the belief that the arts and symbolism can reach humanity on a deeper level than rhetoric, which is often misinterpreted.  The overall goal of the project is to build a language of peace through the actions of art.