Slash + Burn Live Installation

IN ORDER TO THRIVE & FLOURISH, SOMETIMES WE MUST FIRST

SLASH & BURN.

Our ancestors knew this, and practiced it in order to clear land, gain fertile soil, and raise communities. A more modern definition of ‘Slash and Burn’ may contain further complexities, and we often practice a self-destructive version of this on ourselves. Is this a necessary journey to get to where we want to be? Must we destroy, or let decay, before we can grow and develop into something more meaningful and beautiful? Is it always a choice?

Within our interactive, live installation, we visually wrestle with this concept,

elegantly placing the two opposing stages side-by-side.

all photography by Nicole Mickle

The concept for 'Slash + Burn' took shape when the Entrepreneurs Organization came to Charleston, SC and presented Sam Rueter and I with their event theme of 'rebirth'.

We immediately ran with it and began drafting and sketching.

We wanted to first take a look at the opposition to 'rebirth': destruction, particularly self-destruction. No person is exempt from this concept. Is this simply part of nature's cycle to let decay, to ruin, to fall to ash, in order for significant growth to occur?

Is this something we can even control?